A complete denture is used when all of the teeth are missing. In some cases, we may extract the few remaining teeth to make way for the denture. There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. Both consistof false teeth set in a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. The base of an upper denture will also cover the roof of your mouth (your palate). A lower denture is usually shaped like a horseshoe to make space for your tongue. Dr. Walmsley may also recommend dental implants to better secure your lower denture.
A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has properly healed. As a general rule of thumb, your conventional denture will be ready for placement about 8 to 12 weeks later and will take several appointments to make in order to ensure the best fit possible.
An immediate denture is made in advance and placed directly following your extractions. Immediate dentures come with advantages and disadvantages. For one, you will not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Unfortunately, your gum tissue and bones will shrink after tooth removal. This means your immediate denture will require several adjustments to achieve the proper fit. For this reason, an immediate denture should be considered a temporary solution, until we fabricate a conventional one.
For patients who are only missing a few adjacent teeth, we also offer removable partial dentures. Most partial dentures rely on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. In some cases, dental crowns can also serve as the anchors for your restoration. A partial denture is a removable alternative to a traditional bridge.
Caring for Your Dentures
At first, your new denture may feel uncomfortable or awkward to use. It may also take some practice to eat and speak properly with dentures. Eventually, the muscles of your cheeks and tongue will learn to better hold your dentures in place. Dr. Walmsley will give you a detailed list of instructions that will make your adjustment period easier.
There are a few tips that can ensure the longevity of your dentures:
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