Complete and Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures—complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from shifting.

A complete denture may be conventional or immediate. Conventional type dentures are those made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, which usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and placed immediately after teeth removal, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Here are some reasons to get complete and partial dentures:

  • Complete dentures – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial dentures – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing your smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What Does Getting Dentures Involve?

Getting complete and partial dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Plus, several “try-in” appointments may also be necessary to ensure its proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty with new dentures. However, this will subside over time as your muscles and tissues get used to them.

Besides that, care instructions will be given for your new dentures. Proper cleaning, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your dentures.