Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. While dentures take some getting used to they will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Conventional Full Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
Immediate Full Denture
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth have been removed. Our dentist takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during at a prior visit. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable and cost-effective alternative to bridges.