Complete dentures refer to the type of dentures used when all of your natural teeth are missing. These dentures are usually removable and stay in place due to suction. Complete dentures can be immediate or conventional. To make a set of dentures it usually takes a number of appointments over a two week period. During the consultation, the best treatment and procedures are discussed to recreate natural aesthetics and function. This initial appointment gives a patient the opportunity to express any concerns or desires for the new dentures.
Partial dentures are used when a few teeth are missing, or when the remaining natural teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge. Partial dentures are removable and are held in place by clasps attached to the nearby natural teeth. Partial dentures preserve the remaining teeth, improve chewing and speaking, and prevent teeth from shifting. There are three types of partial dentures: conventional acrylic, metal cast partial, and flexible dentures. Cast partials are more rigid, lighter, and durable. They are thinner than conventional acrylic dentures and also more comfortable. During a consultation, the Denturist will discuss with the patient which type of partial would be better suited for them in order to look, feel, and chew better.
Conventional dentures are usually made after your teeth are removed, while immediate dentures are made before. The benefit of immediate dentures is that a patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period following the extraction procedure. However, immediate dentures usually need to be relined since during the healing phase the bones and gums can shrink. The healing time can take up to six months.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant dentures improve the quality of life of the denture wearers. The most significant improvement with implants is the confidence to laugh, sneeze and cough without any embarrassment. Implants are small titanium posts that are placed inside the gums and adhere to the bone. The denture clicks into place over the implants and securely stays in place. Conventional dentures do not prevent bone resorption and are not as secure. Also implants improve eating and increase chewing power similar to natural teeth. Denture implants are strongly recommended for lower dentures to prevent the denture from floating when speaking or eating.
Relines are needed every few years to improve the fit of the dentures. A new impression is taken inside the denture to create a better hold around the gums. It is important to ensure a proper fit of dentures to make sure they do not break when eating.
Dentures can break or chip if dropped or if they are ill fitting. Weather it is broken teeth, broken denture, or broken clasps, most repairs can be done same day in our in house lab, and can usually be picked up within a couple of hours.