A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. At SRQ Dentistry, we provide two types of dentures treatments for those who need them.
Complete Dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the healing of the gum tissue is completed. With the proper care, the wearer can use this device for a long period of time until a new one is needed from normal wear and tear or when it no longer fits due to normal gum and bone shrinkage resulting from the natural aging of the mouth.
Immediate Complete Dentures are made in advance and can be placed in the mouth immediately after the teeth are removed. That way the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. This denture will require multiple adjustments as the bones and gums shrink during the healing period following tooth removal. Unlike conventional complete dentures, which are designed as a definitive or long term solution, Immediate Complete Dentures are used as a temporary solution until the mouth has healed and is ready for conventional complete dentures.
Partial dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth when some natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Much like conventional complete dentures, this type of device is designed for long term use and is placed in the mouth when the tissues have completely healed after tooth removal. A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored acrylic base connected by either a metal or all plastic framework. This framework has attachments, or clasps, that are designed to anchor the denture in place by bracing around the remaining natural teeth.
Adjusting to New Dentures
New dentures may feel awkward or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. Eating and talking with new dentures will require a little practice before they start to feel comfortable. It is also not unusual for minor irritations or soreness in the gums too occur and for saliva flow to increase when you first start wearing dentures. These problems will usually diminish as the mouth acclimates over time.
Alternatives to Dentures
Yes. Dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges therefor eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of natural teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants.
Contact us for an appointment to see what options are appropriate for you.