What is a denture or partial denture?
A denture can be used to replace natural teeth and gum tissue. It is a removable appliance. A complete denture can be used when all of the teeth are missing. A partial denture anchors on to the remaining teeth and replaces teeth that are missing. A partial denture also prevents remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this healing time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed. This prevents the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments are made.
- 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
What should you expect if you need a denture?
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 are necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.
At the final appointment, Dr. Kasper will adjust and fit the completed denture, ensuring a comfortable fit. It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty; however, this should subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures. Wearing dentures is very different from having natural teeth, and for some people they are too uncomfortable for long term wear. In these cases Dr. Kasper can discuss with you options to help anchor the dentures in place with dental implants. Dental implants help hold the denture in place, which gives the patient greater chewing power and lower risk of embarrassing situations where a denture becomes dislodged while speaking or eating.