Partial and Full Dentures
For patients who are missing teeth but are not eligible for implants or fixed bridgework, we construct full dentures or partial dentures to replace the lost teeth. These are removable appliances that are taken in and out of the mouth.
Dentures or as they are commonly known as false teeth are prosthetic devices used to replace any missing teeth. Most dentures are removable however there are some more permanent options. There are two main categories of dentures, complete and partial dentures.
There are two types of complete dentures, immediate and conventional dentures.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and are able to be placed in right after the teeth have been removed. The downside to these is that as the bones and gums shrink over the healing process more adjustments have to be made. The immediate dentures are most commonly used as a temporary replacement, until the conventional dentures are made.
Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and as the gum tissue starts to heal. It is usually ready within eight to twelve weeks after the teeth are removed. Conventional dentures are the most common type of full dentures available.
Usually these are attached to a pink or gum colored base, connected to the base is a metal framework which holds the denture in place. It is removable and has the replacement teeth attached to the base. Partial dentures can be attached to one or more existing natural teeth. They can be permanent and will be cemented into the mouth so they do not move.
Making Dentures Process
1) Make impressions of the jaw and take measurement of the space between jaws bones looking at how the interact with one another.
2) Create models from wax or plastic in shape and position of denture.
3) You will try the mold several times over the process to get fit, color and shape correct.
4) Casting of final denture.
5) Adjustments that need to be made in order to fit properly.
Your dentist will instruct you as to how long you should wear your dentures and will also give you information about what would be the best adhesives and what procedures you should take concerning eating and everyday activities.