A denture is a dental appliance that’s removable, and replaces missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They look very real, and are usually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
There are two types of dentures - partial and complete. As their names indicate, partial dentures are used when some teeth are missing, while complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures fulfill two functions - they fill the gaps where the teeth are missing, and also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting.
Common reasons dentures are used:
Complete Denture - Loss of all the teeth in an arch.
Partial Denture - Loss of a few teeth in an arch
Improve speech and chewing
There are two types of complete dentures - “immediate” and “conventional”. Immediate dentures are made in advance, and put in place as soon as the bad teeth are removed. Adjustments are made once the tissues shrink and heal. A conventional denture, meanwhile, is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. This usually takes between 4-6 weeks, and the patient is left without any teeth during this period.
The process for getting dentures requires several appointments over the span of a few weeks. Impressions, or molds, need to be taken to ensure an accurate fit of your custom dentures. A few “try-in” appointments may be required to ensure the proper shape, fit and color. A final appointment is necessary to precisely place and fit the dentures, helping ensure maximum comfort and a natural looking fit.