What are dentures and how do they work?
Dentures are prosthetic appliances that are developed to replace missing teeth. A full set of teeth, or a partial set of teeth, can be replaced by dentures. Dentures offer flexibility because they can be put into your mouth or removed at any time. They fit against the gums and use both the hard tissue and soft tissue to support themselves in your mouth. Dentures give your mouth and face a natural look, bringing a full and shining smile back to you.
What types of dentures are there?
Dentures can be designed to replace a full set of teeth or just a few teeth. These two different types are called full dentures (which also have an additional two different types) and partial dentures. In order to receive full dentures, all the natural teeth will need to be removed to complete the set of dentures. Partial dentures, on the other hand, aim only to replace some teeth. Partial dentures are beneficial when only a few natural teeth need to be removed due to wear, damage or decay.
What are the types of full dentures?
Full dentures come in two types: Conventional Full Dentures and Immediate Full Dentures. For Conventional Full Dentures, the dentist removes all your natural teeth, then allows the tissue to heal before the dentures can be placed. This means you’ll be without teeth for a few months. Immediate Full Dentures are placed in your mouth immediately after the removal of your natural teeth. This means you won’t have any time without teeth, but you will have to be refitted a few months later since your jaw will shift and change as your mouth heals.
How will I know which type I need?
If you are missing all or most of your natural teeth, full dentures are most likely the best choice for you. If you have several of your natural teeth, Dr. Monfredi will determine their health and if they need to be removed or not. If not, then partial dentures may work. If you believe you are a candidate for dentures, contact us today to schedule a consultation!