Dentures replace missing teeth, but unlike implants, they can be removed as needed. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. It’s important to note that dentures take some getting used to, and they will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth. However, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Conventional Full Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after your natural teeth are removed and gum tissue has 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 one of your previous appointments. While immediate dentures mean you never have to be without teeth, they must be realigned several months later because the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals and causes 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.