A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth that replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. There are three main types of dentures: temporary dentures, partial dentures, and complete dentures. In order for dentures to be created, patients need to schedule a dental appointment. At this visit, our dentist will examine your gums and other teeth to determine if dentures are the best solution for you, and, if so, what type. A mold will be taken of your teeth and gums so that the dentures can be created in a dental lab. You may be required to come in for a few visits to try on the denture to confirm the fit before the lab finishes your denture. After wearing your denture, you may need to come back to our office for adjustments. Our dentist will go over the details of the denture process at your visit.
A temporary denture is an immediate solution for when a tooth is knocked out during a sports game or in an accident. Patients may consider getting a temporary denture to replace a missing tooth while they are waiting to undergo a cosmetic dentistry procedure such as an implant or a dental bridge. The temporary denture is secured in place with a metal wire that works like a retainer and can be taken in and out whenever you like. Keep in mind that a temporary denture is only meant to be worn for a few months and will need to be replaced.
If only a few of your teeth are missing, a partial denture is a good solution for replacing them. Partial dentures are removable and are held in place by a plastic base that is the same color as your gums. A metal framework is typically created in order to secure the base and prevent it from falling out. Partial dentures can restore speech clarity, help limit movement of your existing natural teeth, and allow you to chew food and eat more efficiently.
When all of your teeth are missing, complete dentures can replace them. If you have teeth that need to be extracted before proceeding with complete dentures, then you may need to wait 8-12 weeks for your gums to heal. Following teeth removal, the bones and gums will start to shrink. By waiting for up to 12 weeks, you can be sure that your set of complete dentures will fit securely.