A denture is a removable appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. They are supported by surrounding tissues and remaining teeth. They are made to resemble natural teeth, improve function, and enhance your smile and facial appearance.
There are two types of dentures. A full or complete denture is used when all the natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when only some natural teeth are missing. A partial denture only replaces the missing teeth and can prevent the remaining teeth from shifting.
The denture can be placed immediately after an extraction so that the patient doesn’t have to go without teeth. Impressions are made before the teeth are extracted, and molds are created to fabricate a denture. Once tissues heal and shrink, the dentures may need adjustments. Conventional dentures are made several weeks later to allow time for the tissue to heal. These delayed dentures are more accurate than the immediate ones since they are made from impressions of the healed tissue.
The entire process requires several appointments to take accurate impressions and have several try-in appointments. These try-in appointments are needed to establish the proper shape, color, function, and fit.
It is normal to have an adjustment period with speech, chewing, soreness, etc. Over time this will subside, and you will get used to your new dentures.
Dentures are durable appliances and can last for many years, but they may have to be remade, refined, repaired, or adjusted due to normal wear. Proper cleaning and care, good oral hygiene, and routine dental visits will help maintain the life of your denture.