Do you have multiple missing teeth? One option that may be right for you is a complete or partial denture. 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.
I Think My Grandma Has Dentures!
Many people have a negative attitude towards the word "denture." This does not have to be the case! We have many patients who have successfully worn dentures for many years. You might even know some of them and not even know they have dentures! It is often the most comfortable and cost effective way to replace missing teeth.
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. Partial dentures also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting.
Do I Have To Walk Around With No Teeth For A While?
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. 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 shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made. Whenever possible we try to make an immediate denture for you so that you do not have to be without your teeth for even a day.
Sometimes the bone and gums do not allow us to make you a denture that stays in place, particularly on the lower jaw when all the teeth are missing. When this occurs we can improve the retention of the denture using dental implants. If you already have an upper or lower complete denture and find that is loose and does not stay in as well as you would like, ask Dr. Leitch or Dr. Wiens about how you can improve the comfort and retention of your dentures with implants.