What are Dentures & Partials?
Both partials and dentures are prosthetic appliances that are designed to completely replace missing teeth within the mouth. If you’re missing most, but not all of your teeth, we’ll suggest a partial denture. This type of denture snaps onto the surrounding teeth similar to an orthodontic retainer, and it contains just the teeth that you’re missing. Full or complete dentures are designed for patients who are missing an entire arch of their natural teeth.
Why might Dentures & Partials be needed?
When you’re missing many or all of your teeth, it can be downright impossible to function normally. You might have issues with eating or chewing foods as well as speaking. Over time, your face may begin to look sunken-in and older than you actually are. Replacing these missing teeth can have cosmetic and functional benefits that will improve your quality of life.
Who is a good candidate for Dentures & Partials?
Patients with advanced gum disease can benefit from having dentures made for them. The remaining decayed, loose teeth are extracted and a denture put into place. With an examination and x-rays, we can help in determining if you’d benefit from a denture appliance. After five to seven years, your denture will need to be replaced with a new one.
What happens during the process to make and fit Dentures & Partials?
Prior to having dentures placed, any necessary extractions are done. The gums are allowed to heal fully and impressions are taken. These impressions are then used by a lab technician to create a new partial or full denture. The color of the teeth and gums will match your mouth for a natural, realistic look. You’ll then come in and have the denture fitted. We can make minor adjustments to the appliance so that it fits more comfortably. You should remove your denture nightly to clean it of any odors and bacteria, and it is important to store the denture away so that pets and children do not have access to it.
If you’re interested in learning more about dentures or partials, call us today to schedule an appointment. Our low office wait times and one-on-one approach to care provides our patients with personable, convenient treatment.