Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth and are removable (i.e., you take them out to clean them). Depending on how many healthy teeth a patient has left, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth. There are two types of full dentures.
- Conventional Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed.
- Immediate Dentures - Prior to having your front teeth removed, impressions are taken and dentures are made. After removing the teeth, the dentures are placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you spend little to no time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the soft tissues will slightly change shape as your mouth heals. The dentures will periodically need to be relined with a soft denture reline material as tissue healing occurs.
Implants to Support Dentures
Some patients desire more stabilization for their dentures and partial dentures. The placement of dental implants helps to achieve this. This is particularly helpful for lower dentures, which are difficult to keep in place while the tongue and floor of mouth moves. Our doctors place many types of implants to support dentures depending upon the quality and quantity of bone available. You will need an xray and consultation to determine what options are available for you.