Partial and Complete Dentures
Depending on the number of missing teeth and the health of the remaining teeth, partial or complete dentures may be an option for tooth replacement. Partial dentures hook on to the remaining teeth and replace all the missing teeth in an arch. Complete dentures are ideal when all the teeth in an arch are missing, and can restore chewing function and esthetics. Both partial and complete dentures are placed in the mouth when in use, and removed from the mouth for cleaning and while sleeping.
Fabricating partial and complete dentures takes about a month and a series of about five visits. First, an impression is taken of your top and bottom teeth and gums. These impressions are used to create custom fitted impression trays that are used at the next appointment to take even more precise impressions.
Measurements of your jaws are taken and teeth are selected. For partial dentures, teeth that match your existing teeth are used and people usually cannot even tell you are wearing them. For complete dentures, teeth of a natural size and shape are used based on the size of your jaws and face, and your personal preference. If you have always wanted whiter, straighter teeth now is your chance. Or, if you want your teeth to look the way they used to before you lost them, or the way that they look on a denture you are already wearing, we can do that too. You will be able to try in the dentures before they are finished to make sure you like them. Once you approve of the look and feel of your dentures, they are processed and finished and ready for you to wear.
Wearing dentures can be difficult to get used to at first. They often feel bulky and awkward, and may feel loose until you get used to controlling them with your cheeks and tongue. Start by eating soft food, and by cutting food into small pieces and chewing evenly on both sides. Just like breaking in a new pair of shoes, dentures can cause sore areas to form in the mouth when they are new. Let us know if you develop a sore area so that we can adjust your denture to relieve pressure in that area.