Dentures are made for patients who no longer have enough serviceable teeth to save with crowns, bridges or partial dentures. They provide teeth in areas that can no longer have natural teeth. Dentures can be made for the upper, lower, or both at the same time.
Impressions/molds are taken of the mouth and are sent to the dental laboratory to fabricate teeth on a plastic base (dentures). Once the they are completed, the remaining natural teeth are removed and the custom dentures are placed in the mouth (Immediate Dentures). This allows the patient to have their own teeth during the fabrication period. Healing takes place while the patient has the dentures in his/her mouth.
Adjustments to the dentures can be done following the initial placement appointment, when needed, to ensure the best possible fit. In some instances due to a lack of boney support, a denture is unstable and does not stay firmly in place. When this occurs, we recommend placing several implants under the denture to assist in its retention and stability.
Dentures are not for everyone and, even when done well, are a poor substitute for natural teeth.
For You to Know Before You Have Immediate Dentures
- Dentures need to be removed regularly and cleaned.
- They normally require a number of adjustments or reshaping appointments over a period of time to eliminate any sore areas caused by rubbing.
Replacement dentures are made for patients who have been wearing dentures for a period of time and they no longer fit or have broken. There is generally no surgery involved with Replacement Dentures.
In some cases, patients can choose to have implants placed to keep their dentures more secure in the mouth. This depends on each patient’s needs.
For You To Know Before You Have Replacement Dentures
- Dentures are a last resort to having healthy natural teeth.
- You may need several sets of dentures over your lifetime.
- New dentures will require a number of office visits in order to adjust them to a comfortable fit.
- Over time, the cost of dentures can be significant.
- Not everyone adapts to wearing dentures comfortably.
Partial dentures are teeth that are attached to a metal framework that is held in place by existing teeth. They generally have a metal framework and clasps which help hold the ‘partial’ in place. Partial dentures have greater retention in the mouth, i.e. they are more stable and less apt to move.
Partial dentures are made for patients who have lost some teeth and are not candidates for complete dentures. They are also an option for patients not wanting permanent bridges or implants.
For You to Know Before You Have Partial Dentures
- Partial Dentures are generally easier to wear than full dentures.
- The teeth that remain in a mouth with a Partial Denture require extra attention to home and professional care to prevent periodontal disease and decay.