Restore Your Smile with Confidence: Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures serve as removable dental appliances that effectively replace missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. Designed to closely resemble your natural teeth, dentures can even enhance your smile.
There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures are employed when some natural teeth still remain. In addition to filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth, partial dentures prevent the remaining teeth from shifting position.
Complete dentures come in two forms: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are crafted after the removal of the teeth and the subsequent healing of the gum tissue, which typically takes about 4 to 6 weeks. During this period, the patient will temporarily be without teeth. On the other hand, immediate dentures are prepared in advance and are immediately placed after the teeth extraction, eliminating the need for the patient to be toothless during the healing phase. Adjustments to immediate dentures become necessary as the tissues shrink and heal.
Dentures are highly durable appliances that can last for many years. However, normal wear and tear may require them to be remade, repaired, or readjusted over time to maintain their functionality and fit.
What does getting dentures involve?
At 81st Street Dental, the process of getting dentures involves multiple appointments that typically span several weeks. During these appointments, our skilled team will take highly accurate impressions and measurements to create custom dentures specifically tailored to your needs. To ensure the best results, we may require several “try-in” sessions to ensure the shape, color, and fit of the dentures are perfect.
In the final appointment, Dr. Beller will make precise adjustments and securely place the completed denture, ensuring it fits naturally and comfortably in your mouth. It’s common to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and potential difficulties with speech and chewing initially. However, as your muscles and tissues adapt to the new dentures, these issues will gradually subside.
To maintain the longevity of your dentures, you will receive comprehensive care instructions. These instructions will guide you on how to properly clean your dental appliance, maintain good oral hygiene, and schedule regular dental visits. By following these guidelines, you can ensure the optimal lifespan and functionality of your new dentures.