Dentures & Partials
What are Dentures & Partials?
A denture as well as a partial are both prosthetic appliances that are specifically meant to replace missing teeth within the mouth. Partials are best for patients who still have the majority of their own natural, healthy teeth. Full or complete dentures are better suited to patients who are missing all of their teeth or who need to have all of their teeth extracted. One reason for needing a full denture is because you have severely advanced gum disease that has caused both tooth and bone loss.
Why are Dentures & Partials needed?
When you are missing a great deal of your teeth, you may find that it is difficult to feel confident in your appearance. You may have trouble eating, chewing and even speaking properly. Over time, your face may take on a sunken-in appearance because of your missing or unevenly spaced smile. Dentures are beneficial in that they both cosmetically and functionally restore your smile.
Who is a candidate for Dentures & Partials?
Most patients who need a full or partial denture are good candidates to have one made and fitted. If you have severe gum disease that has already caused a lot of tooth and bone loss, we may recommend removing your remaining teeth and having a full denture made for your mouth. If you still have many of your own healthy teeth, but are missing enough that it is causing a problem to your oral health, a partial prosthetic can be made for you.
What happens during the procedure for Dentures & Partials?
The process to actually make a denture is relatively simple and done in a few appointments. The first appointment involves taking professional impressions of your teeth and gums. These impressions are then used to craft a new denture that is made just for you. You’ll come in for a second appointment to have the denture fitted and adjusted. It’s common to need a few adjustments before the fit of the denture is perfect. You will need to remove your denture nightly to clean and soak it to remove bacteria. Your new prosthetic can last for up to seven years with proper care and maintenance.
If you think you might need a denture or partial, call our office today and we can help to get you in for an appointment.