Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it becomes necessary to remove natural teeth and replace them with custom made dentures. This could be due to age, soft teeth, or lack of good oral hygiene. As part of our restorative dentistry at Salt Run Family Dentistry, we are pleased to have two kinds of dentures to meet your needs: complete dentures and partials.
Full & Complete Dentures
Complete dentures can be made either ‘conventional’ or ‘immediate’. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. This means they are ready for placement in your mouth about eight to twelve weeks after your teeth have been removed. Due to the long wait, this option may not be suitable for everyone, however.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as your teeth are removed. This is a terrific improvement for some, knowing you don’t have to wait for the healing process to have your new set of teeth. However, your bones and gums will shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. This may mean more adjustments to fit the dentures properly during the healing process, and may be a temporary fix until conventional dentures can be made.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. At Salt Run Family Dentistry, a fixed bridge can be placed to replace one or more teeth. Another option is a removable partial denture usually consisting of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, and prevents other teeth from changing position.
If you would like to discuss denture options with your dentist or schedule a consultation for you or a family member, contact us today.