A standard 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.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. 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, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” The conventional type is made either to replace a worn set of dentures or after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 6 to 12 months. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed by your dentist after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments, a tissue conditioner (temporary reline), and a permanent reline will be done by your Denturist.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or re-adjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures :
Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
Partial Denture – Loss of three(3) or more teeth in an arch.
Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.