What are dentures?
A denture is a removable dental appliance designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding soft tissues. They are fabricated to closely resemble your natural teeth. There are two types of dentures--complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are made when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only replaces missing teeth, but also prevents the remaining teeth from shifting.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years if taken care of properly. Eventually, they may have to be adjusted, repaired, and/or remade due to normal wear.
What is the process of getting dentures?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments ranging over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken of your oral cavity. This information is used to create a custom fit denture. It is normal to experience soreness, increased saliva flow, difficulty chewing and speaking, after receiving a denture. Eventually, this will subside as your muscles and tissues adapt to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your dentures, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.