A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement
for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They
are custom made to closely resemble your natural teeth and bone structure
and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete dentures
and partialdentures. 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 but it also prevents
other teeth from shifting.
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 that usually taking 4
to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will
not have any teeth in his or her mouth. 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. Typically immediate dentures requires a followup appointment for necessary adjustment after tissues shrink and heal.
Partial dentures were traditionally
made from a metal framework that was cast fitted
to the remaining teeth. However many patients
are dissatisfied with a cast metal partial denture
because the metal framework when visible, can
be highly unaesthetic. At Healthy Smiles Dental,
we offer a non-metallic, flexible partial
that addresses patients esthetic concerns
and still provides a long lasting durable product.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will
last many years, but may have to be remade,
repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several
appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly
accurate impressions (molds) and measurements
are taken and used to create your custom denture.
Several try-in appointments may
be necessary to ensure proper shape, color,
and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist
will precisely adjust and place the completed
denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable
It is normal to experience increased saliva
flow, some soreness, and possible speech and
chewing difficulty, however this will subside
as your muscles and tissues get used to the
At Healthy Smiles Dental, you will be given care instructions for your
new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental
appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental
visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
Healthy Smiles Dental also provides same
day denture/partial repair and reline services.