More commonly known as false teeth, dentures are the removable appliances that replace missing teeth to help restore your smile. Whether teeth or lost through gum disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures give you the ability to eat and speak again. Another common occurrence when teeth are lost is the loss of facial structure. Properly fitting dentures can help restore the appearance of your face and profile.
Types of dentures:
- Partial Dentures: A partial denture, also known as a bridge, are replacement teeth that attach to a base. We use partial dentures when you still have one or more natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge is able to replace teeth by attaching artificial teeth to crowns placed on the teeth on either side of the toothless space. The bridge is then cemented into place, and the artificial teeth fill in the spaces created by missing teeth. As a result, the remaining teeth stay in alignment and your bite and smile are restored.
- Complete Dentures: Long-term and immediate are both complete dentures options. After your teeth have been removed and your mouth is fully healed, complete dentures can then be placed in your mouth. These are usually placed 8 to twelve weeks after your teeth have been removed. On the other hand, immediate dentures are fitted and placed on the same day that the teeth are removed. If immediate dentures are placed, there is no need for you to go without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures may need to be adjusted after your jaw has healed.