Restorative dentistry at its most affordable, dentures offer patients a removable yet permanent treatment for replacing missing teeth. Dentures are made from a durable acrylic so that the appliance looks and functions as close to your original teeth as possible.
Your dentures may be partial or full dentures, depending on whether all, or only some, of your natural teeth are missing. Damaged or decayed teeth may be extracted in favor of a denture to prevent further decay and preserve bone and gum tissue from damage.
Full and complete dentures refer to appliances that replace a full complement of natural teeth. Full dentures are a full set of upper or lower teeth. Complete dentures are a full set of both upper and lower teeth. A denture is formed from a mold of your teeth and will be a temporary denture at first. This is due to the fact that your gums will tend to shrink and change shape as they heal after extraction or loss of your original teeth.
Partial dentures are replacement appliances for a number of missing teeth and are anchored by the teeth on either side of the missing teeth. Whichever denture you ultimately select for replacement, you will need to occasionally refit or reshape your initial denture until the gums have healed. Remember, the immediate denture is intended only to preserve your smile and protect your gums as they heal. It can be several weeks before you can resume a regular diet and chew normally.
Once your gums have had time to heal–usually about 12 weeks–you can be fitted for a permanent denture. A new mold will be made of your gums that will fit more tightly than the temporary denture you had been wearing.
Contact Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry today to find out if dentures are right for you.