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.
Despite the misconceptions and negative attitudes associated with dentures, many of our patients have experienced long-term success with these restorations. In fact, you may know individuals who wear dentures without even realizing it! Dentures often prove to be the most comfortable and cost-effective method of tooth replacement.
There are two primary types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are recommended when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. In addition to filling the gaps caused by missing teeth, partial dentures also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting, maintaining the integrity of your dental arch.
Complete dentures can be categorized as either "conventional" or "immediate." Conventional dentures are created after the teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has healed, typically taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this period, you may temporarily go without teeth. On the other hand, immediate dentures are fabricated in advance and immediately placed after tooth extraction, eliminating the need for you to be without teeth during the healing process. Adjustments may be necessary as the tissues shrink and heal. Whenever possible, we strive to provide immediate dentures to ensure you don't have to endure a single day without your teeth.
In some cases, inadequate bone and gum support may hinder the stability of dentures, especially in the lower jaw when all teeth are missing. To address this concern, we offer a solution that improves denture retention and comfort: implant-supported dentures. By strategically placing dental implants, we can significantly enhance the stability of your dentures, giving you greater confidence and functionality. If you currently wear a complete denture and experience looseness or unsatisfactory retention, we can discuss how implant-supported dentures can improve your comfort and oral well-being.
Experience the transformational benefits of complete, partial, or implant-supported dentures at Okanagan Dentistry. Our team of experienced dentists are dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate care and exceptional denture solutions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards restoring your smile with confidence.