Dentures are false teeth that can be worn to replace the you have lost. Complete dentures would be considered a full set and would cover your entire upper or lower jaw while partial dentures are made to replace one or several missing teeth.
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, either from tooth decay, injury or periodontal disease, complete dentures can replace those missing teeth, and restore your smile as well. Without your natural teeth your facial muscles can start to sag, possibly making you appear older than you are. Full dentures can provide the necessary support to your facial muscles to prevent that. You’ll also be able to eat and speak again, something that many people take for granted.
Conventional full dentures are made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and the gum tissue has healed, which can take up to several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. We’ll take measurements and makes models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, you don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
For individuals who are only missing some teeth, partial dentures will likely be the best option. Partial dentures are designed to work in conjunction with your existing teeth, restoring your ability to chew and talk normally, and helping to eliminate the discomfort of missing teeth.
Of course, whether you need full or partial dentures will depend on a number of other factors, and there are of course other options. Dental implants are one popular option for replacing missing or damaged teeth, and require less day-to-day maintenance than dentures do. We’ll work with you to help you determine which option is best.
If you have any questions about dentures, or would like to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, please contact us today!