Partial and Full Dentures
An estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while about 40 million Americans are living without any teeth at all. Losing teeth means you don’t just lose the necessary functions to eat the things you love but it also negatively affects your oral health and facial structure.
If you are missing multiple teeth, Dr. Welton at Serenity Dental can provide you partial or full dentures according to your needs.
Full dentures are custom-made removable dentures that are used when all of your teeth are missing or the only remaining teeth are unhealthy. Usually, they require the removal of the diseased teeth from the upper and lower jaw. Once the teeth are removed, the gums are allowed to heal and a pair of permanent dentures are fitted.
These dentures are made of a pink-colored acrylic or plastic base that mimics the appearance of your actual gums and supports a row of porcelain or plastic teeth.
Conventional full dentures are held in the mouth by forming a seal with the gums; the upper denture is supported by the roof of the mouth while the lower denture is horseshoe shaped and is designed to accommodate the tongue.
Immediate dentures are another type of dentures that are made for temporary use. These dentures are fabricated before tooth extraction and are fitted into your mouth on the day of your tooth removal.
Immediate dentures can help you curb bleeding and reduce swelling from the extraction. They also give you an immediate smile and help you learn how to chew and speak over the weeks while you are waiting for your conventional dentures to be completed.
Once your gums heal and shrink back to their natural size, immediate dentures will become loose and you will need to rebase them or to replace them with conventional dentures.
Partial dentures are designed to replace multiple adjacent teeth have been lost. These dentures are made up of the same gum-colored plastic as full dentures but they also consist of a metal framework that holds the dentures against the mouth with the help of clasps.
These dentures are used to fill the gap between missing teeth and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of alignment.
How Long Does it Take to Get Dentures?
Once your teeth have been extracted, the gums and bone tissues of the mouth will heal and change shape. Complete healing can take anywhere between 2 to 3 months, after which you will visit us again to prepare your conventional dentures.
We will start by taking impressions of your mouth which will be used to create the conventional dentures. These dentures are custom-fitted and offer the most comfort and functionality. It can take about two weeks to fabricate these dentures in the lab.
On the other hand, an immediate denture is made prior to having your teeth extracted. This denture does not have the best fit but is ideal during the healing stage.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
Dentures are fragile and can be damaged if they are not handled carefully. When taking your dentures out of your mouth, stand on a soft towel or near a basin of water so that if the dentures slip, they will not break.
Dentures should also not be rinsed in hot water as that can warp their shape. They should be cleaned with lukewarm or cool water and cleaned with a soft-bristled toothbrush and soap.
You should also clean your mouth every time you take out your dentures to avoid the risk of plaque and gum disease or other infections.
If you are missing several teeth, getting partial or full dentures is a good, non-invasive way to replace your teeth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Welton, call us at (509) 209-8537 today.