Dentures & Partial Dentures

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A smiling woman patient with a set of dentures in front of her , which is also holding by doctor and assistant
There are two types of regular dentures – complete (full) and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing or are going to be extracted. 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 lady dental doctor and her assitant working with a patient

A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes 4 to 6 weeks). During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed 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, multiple adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures can be very durable appliances but may have to be remade, repaired, relined or readjusted due to normal wear and tissue and bone changes..

Reasons for dentures:
  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.


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What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments will be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however these things will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

The other option for removable dentures are dental implants and implant supported permanent dentures.

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