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A 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. 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.” A conventional type is made to replace an old or poor-fitting denture or after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking four to six months. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, the denture will be relined for a perfect fit.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
- 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
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several "try-in" appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, Dr. Richardson will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
You will be given care instructions for your 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.