A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and some of the surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, which usually takes anywhere from four to six weeks. During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissue in the mouth shrinks and heals, adjustments are made to ensure a better fit.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Why Choose Dentures?
- Enhance your smile and facial tissues.
- Improve your chewing, speech, and digestion.
What Does Getting Dentures Involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments with our East Brunswick dentist, over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulties with new dentures. However, these issues will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures. You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular cosmetic dentistry visits will aid in the life of your new dentures. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about dentures.