Dentures and Partials
There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. As the names says, partial denture helps replace some natural teeth that are missing. A Complete Denture is placed when all the teeth are missing. Your doctor will determine which is best, based on your current condition.
There are 2 types of Complete Dentures- Conventional & Immediate.
An Immediate Denture is one that is prepared prior to the removal of the teeth. THis ensures that the patient does not have a time gap between the removal and receipt of teeth replacement. Aesthetically patients feel like themselves immediately after fitting. The downside to receiving dentures right after teeth removal is that the gums have not had sufficient time to heal. In this case, the denture will need to be adjusted several times before it ideally fits the mouth. Usually, this is a temporary solution.
A Conventional Denture is one that is put in place 8-12 weeks after teeth are removed. There is adequate time given for the gums to adjust & heal before placing the denture. This is a more permanent solution and gives the patient a more optimal fit.
Partial Denture ( Also known as a Bridge)
A Partial Denture is an optimal solution for patients that are missing several teeth and less expensive than replacing them with implants. The peripheral natural teeth are fitted with a crown that allows the adhesive to better bond and attach the bridge to the remaining teeth. Putting in a bridge/partial denture in place of several missing teeth helps to ensure that the natural teeth don’t shift.
Patients that receive dentures need to allow time to adjust to eating and speaking, both which will take a short period of getting used to.
Dentures have microscopic holes that allow for bacteria and microbes to enter. For this reason, it is imperative for patients to remove their dentures and soak them in denture cleanser. This type of solution will help the dentures to stay moisturized and not dry out. When removing the dentures, also remember about gum care. Proper care of your gums will prevent bad breath, gum disease and remove bacteria.
Your dentist will let you know how often to remove your dentures.
Please note that gum disease can lead to heart disease, diabetes & pulmonary disease.