A denture is a prosthesis that is inserted in the mouth, replacing natural teeth and providing support for the cheeks and lips. There are full dentures for edentulous (no remaining teeth) ridges and partial dentures for replacing one or more missing teeth.
As you go through life, you may find need for a variety of dentures.
- Partial dentures can be made from either acrylic or metal depending on your needs and long-term plan for the replacement of your missing teeth. We will go over options with you when you first come in to see us.
- Interim dentures are temporary dentures fabricated prior to and placed at the time of extractions. We use these for complex cases or when someone would like to be part of customizing their denture after healing and fabricate a brand new denture at that time. The interim also works as a great back-up denture in case of an emergency.
- An immediate denture is also fabricated prior to and inserted immediately after your teeth are extracted, but it will become your final denture after your tissues are allowed to heal (6-8 months). At this time, instead of making a brand new denture, this denture is relined and recontoured to fit your ridges after they have stabilized. The quality of the material used in this denture is much higher than those used in a temporary one.
- A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed. These are often replacement dentures after the teeth have excessively worn in your existing dentures. With conventional dentures, you try-in a wax-up prior to processing so changes and tweaks can be made until it looks just right.
- Implant supported overdentures come in a variety of types but all are supported by a number of implants (usually 2 to 6). Implants secure the denture in place and may allow for an open palate in an upper denture that typically does not function well without. These dentures are removable. See our implant sections for more details.
Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. As the posterior teeth wear, it will be more difficult to chew and you will be “over-closed’ as you have to close your mouth farther for the surfaces of your teeth to hit (you may feel like your lower jaw is getting closer to your nose)! The alignment will also slowly change as your bone and gum ridges recede or shrink. This is a natural process that occurs after the removal of your natural teeth and will slow but will never stop completely. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.