Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures are a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
Partial dentures are used when there are natural, healthy teeth remaining in the mouth and have a dual purpose – replacing missing teeth and prevention of shifting of remaining teeth. Complete dentures replace all the teeth in the arch of the mouth.
Dr. Rahm may choose to recommend dentures if you have had:
- Loss of all teeth in one or both arches
- Loss of several teeth in one or both arches
- To enhance a smile and/or facial tissue
- To improve chewing, speech and digestion
Should a patient need a complete denture, the dentist has two options for arranging for dentures. The first option is to pre-make the dentures (called immediate dentures). These dentures can be used immediately after teeth are removed and allow the patient to continue having teeth during the healing process. During the healing process the tissues shrink which may be cause for readjusting dentures afterwards. For situations in which patients can wait the normal 4 to 6 weeks of healing, conventional dentures are used.
Properly taken care of, dentures can last years, but as with most dental restoration procedures they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear and tear.
The procedures for getting dentures require several appointments over several weeks to months. There may be several “try in” appointments to adjust the dentures properly and comfortably in your mouth. Once this procedure is completed, it is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and speech and chewing difficulty as your muscles and tissues adjust to them, but rest assured this will subside.