When you don’t have any teeth, a denture replaces them and the tissues that surround them. It’s possible to get complete and partial dentures, two types of dentures. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. We use complete dentures when all the teeth are missing, and we use partial dentures when some natural teeth remain.
Dentures That Cover All the Teeth
Putting on a complete set of dentures can be done “conventionally” or “immediately.” They make this type of denture after the teeth are removed and the gum tissue heals. It is ready for use about eight or 12 weeks after teeth are removed.
It is different from traditional dentures in that we make immediate dentures in advance. We can put them on right away after the teeth are removed. It means that the wearer doesn’t have to be without teeth while the healing process continues. When a tooth is removed, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during healing. Compared to conventional dentures, immediate dentures need more adjustments during the healing process. This means that we should only use them as a short-term solution until we can make conventional dentures.
Dentures that are Only Part of Your Teeth
They attach replacement teeth to a plastic base that looks pink or gums. Someone sometimes connects this base to a metal framework that keeps the denture in place in your mouth. Where one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw, partial dentures can cover them up. Putting crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching artificial teeth to them is how a fixed bridge fills in one or more gaps. This “bridge” is then glued in place. A partial denture fills in the spaces left by missing teeth and stops other teeth from moving. We can take a precision partial denture out and have internal attachments instead of clasps that attach to the crowns next to it. This is a more natural-looking piece of furniture.
Making a denture takes a few weeks and a lot of trips to the dentist. Make an appointment with your dentist or prosthodontist (a dentist who specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth) to figure out what kind of appliance is best for you.
These are the general steps:
- Make a series of impressions of your jaw and measure how your jaws fit together and how much space between them.
- Make models, wax forms, and plastic patterns of the denture that will be made. We should make them in the shape and position of the denture. You will try on this model a lot to make the final denture. The dentists will check the denture for color, shape, and fit before the cast.
- A final denture is made by casting a mold of the teeth.
- As needed, we will make changes.