Dentures & Partials
What are Dentures & Partials?
A partial or full denture is ideal for replacing missing dentition in the mouth. Partials are better suited to patients who still have a lot of their own healthy teeth, but are missing just enough to warrant a removable prosthesis. A full denture is helpful in replacing an entire arch of missing teeth. Patients with severely advanced gum disease will often benefit from a denture.
Why are Dentures & Partials needed?
A partial denture is ideal for patients who have had a lot of their own natural teeth removed, but who still have enough healthy teeth that a full denture is not the right choice. Full dentures are great for improving the look and quality of your smile. Dentures are custom made and easy to wear, and they can normally last for about seven years before replacement is recommended. Not only do dentures help to improve the look of your smile, but they help with functionality as well.
Who is a candidate for Dentures & Partials?
Having an examination and consultation with you can help to determine if you might need a denture. In some cases, we’ll recommend having some of your remaining teeth extracted, typically if they are severely decayed or loose due to gum disease. Dentures can help to improve the way that you eat and chew your favorite foods. If you have implants, a custom made denture can be made to snap over the implants.
What happens during the process for Dentures & Partials?
Impressions are taken first to make your new denture. You will come in for a few visits to improve the fit and feel of the new prosthesis. It sometimes takes a few weeks to a couple of months to get the fit of the denture just right. Your denture will need to be removed every night to clean and soak it. This helps to remove bacteria and odor-causing germs. You’ll need to have the appliance replaced once it shows signs of wear.
Are There Alternatives To Dentures?
A common question that patients will ask us is if there are any alternatives that patients can pursue instead of with dentures. Dr. Mitul Amin takes a moment to discuss some additional options patients can consider.