What are Dentures ?
A denture is a removable frame holding one or more artificial teeth.
What is involved in getting Dentures ?
A thorough examination will be conducted, that will include X-rays of your gums and jawbone. If your remaining teeth haven’t been extracted yet, your dentist will schedule an appointment to extract them.
Dentures are made using an impression of your mouth and gums. Since your dentures must rest firmly against your gums, the impression is a very important step in the process. If you choose immediate dentures, your dentist will make impressions before extracting any teeth.
The denture process usually takes about four or five appointments. After you receive your dentures, your dentist may need to make a few minor adjustments to improve the fit and comfort.
What options are available ?
- Partial Dentures: These dentures are used when a section of teeth is missing and some teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures hook over surrounding teeth.
- Conventional Full Dentures: Full dentures consist of a pink base that holds a complete set of artificial teeth. They’re used to replace the teeth in your upper and lower jaw. You’ll receive full dentures approximately eight to 12 weeks after your teeth are extracted.
- Immediate Dentures: Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth just after your teeth are extracted. They provide you with usable teeth immediately and help you get used to wearing dentures. Immediate dentures may be replaced with full dentures later and may need to be relined and readjusted as your mouth heals.
- Overdentures: Overdentures are placed over the stumps of broken teeth. The stumps help support and stabilize your dentures.