Complete and Partial Dentures

Over time, people's teeth tend to naturally deteriorate. When a tooth has deteriorated substantially, it often needs to be extracted. And when multiple teeth are extracted, partials/dentures may be the most appropriate solution. Partials/Dentures can create a natural and healthy looking set of teeth. In addition, a properly fitting set of partials/dentures can greatly enhance your smile and sense of self-esteem. Many types of dentures exist, including complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when few original teeth remain. The dentist begins by removing any remaining teeth so the dentures can be fitted. He or she then makes a mold of the gums and sends it to a dental lab where customized dentures are constructed. Patients are typically fitted with temporary dentures until the permanent set have returned from the laboratory. Partial dentures are prepared in much the same way as a complete set and are utilized when only a few teeth are missing.

Once Your Partial/Dentures Have Been Placed

At first, your dentures will feel uncomfortable because the gums and tissue are not accustomed to being in contact with man-made relining material. Once placed, partials/dentures should be worn continually for the first few days to reduce the amount of swelling that may occur in the mouth. This swelling typically subsides in two to three days. Until patients adjust to their new set of teeth, the dentures may feel loose and awkward while chewing food. Eating soft food may be necessary for the first few days. Reading aloud helps to overcome any speech impediments that may occur from the new partial/dentures. Typically, lower partials/dentures take longer to get used to than upper partial/dentures. The underlying jawbone may take several months to completely heal and become accustomed to the partial/dentures.