A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of 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, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either "conventional" or "immediate." The "conventional" type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. This is primarily used to replace an older existing denture. "Immediate" dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues heal and shrink, adjustments are made to ensure comfort and fit.
What's involved in getting dentures?
The process of getting dentures (or a partial denture) requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken by Dr. Anundsen and used to create your custom dentures. One or two appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color and fit. During the final appointment, Dr. Anundsen will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
Initially, some people experience increased saliva flow, a little soreness, however, this usually subsides as muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
How well do dentures work?
Both types of dentures help you to properly chew food, a difficult task when you are missing teeth. In addition, dentures improve speech and help prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks. Fixed and partial dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years with proper care and good oral hygiene.