What Are Dentures?
Dentures are acrylic teeth attached to a pink base that is placed in the mouth to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Watch the video to learn more about whether full or partial dentures are right for you.
There are three main types of dentures: complete, temporary, and partial.
We provide temporary dentures to patients awaiting cosmetic dental procedures. We don’t want you running around with a hole in your smile anymore than you do, even if it is temporary. Temporary devices allow patients to maintain a natural looking smile while waiting for their permanent dental solutions to be done, such as dental implants or bridges. This is also a great solution when someone loses a tooth during an accident or game. Temporaries are an effective immediate solution to missing teeth and are only meant to be worn for a short time while a more permanent solution is made.
Missing teeth doesn’t always mean that you’re missing all your teeth, maybe there are just a few holes. If this is the case, partials are the perfect solutions and provide a permanent fix for missing teeth. Unlike complete dentures, partial dentures are made to match the rest of your mouth. So the material will match the color of the surrounding gums and teeth. For a secure placement, partial dentures have a metal framework that help prevent them from falling out. Partials are used when the patient still has natural teeth remaining, since completes cannot be placed with natural teeth. These function as a much more affordable solution to cosmetic dentistry treatments and can even be removable.
Complete denture sets are those that replace all of your teeth if they are missing. These are usually the ones seen in funny movies and even cartoons. In the past they used to be considered very uncomfortable and painfully expensive. However, recent advancements in technology have helped tremendously in improving the comfort and affordability of these dentures. When you have most or all of your teeth missing, chances are that your dentist will discuss the option of a complete denture set with you. If you decide that this solution will fit your needs and goals the best, then the process for getting dentures will begin.
The gums are usually healed between 8 to 12 weeks after tooth extraction and are ready for a denture set. After extractions the gums and bones have a tendency to shrink, and fitting before this process will cause them to be much less comfortable. While we do occasionally have patients who want their dentures immediately, this will require later adjustments after the bones and gums settled.
How Are a Denture Set Made?
All kinds of dentures are made with a similar process. Your dentist will first conduct an examination of your mouth to determine your current condition and whether or not dentures are the right solution to suit your needs. Then a mold will be taken of your teeth and gums so the dentures will fit you perfectly. Usually, more than one mold is taken so they will fit properly on all angles of the mouth. Then these impressions will be sent to the lab to be made into a customized set. In the lab, the professionals work to make each denture comfortable and as natural-looking as possible.
Benefits of Dentures
There are many benefits, no matter which kind you get. They provide a natural and comfortable solution to missing teeth without the cost or risk of a surgery or cosmetic dental procedure. Temporary dentures are fitted immediately and permanent ones are quick to be made and last for years.
Curious About Cost?
We understand. This stuff sounds awesome… but what are the prices? We offer free consultations to answer this exact question because we know that every circumstance is different. Investing in your oral health will dramatically improve your physical and emotional well-being.