Removable dentures are used to replace missing teeth in your mouth and are a great option when you are missing many, if not all of your teeth. There are various types of removable dentures depending on your needs.
Removable Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth in patients who have some natural teeth remaining. They are a great option when you have lost many teeth or all of the back teeth. Removable partial dentures often have a metal framework to give it strength and pink or gum colored acrylic which attaches the missing teeth to the framework. In some cases, a full pink acrylic partial or flexible partial can be made.
Removable Complete Dentures: Removable complete dentures are used when you are missing all of your natural teeth in an arch. Complete dentures are made of pink or gum colored acrylic which holds denture teeth in place and covers the ridge where the missing teeth used to be.
The fabrication of removable dentures generally takes around 5 visits to the dental office. Several impressions are taken to ensure a perfect fit, along with measurements of your jaw and bite. You will also be given the opportunity to modify the color, size and shape of your new teeth prior to completion of your denture, giving you the smile you have always dreamed of.
New dentures often take several weeks to adjust to, and will feel different from your natural teeth or a previous denture. It takes some practice and patience to get used to eating, talking, inserting and removing your new denture. Sore spots sometimes develop under new dentures which will need to be adjusted by your dentist. Removable dentures do need periodic adjusting as clasps can become loose, teeth can shift, and your bone levels may change.
Patients wearing dentures, even complete dentures, should still return to the dental office for yearly checkups and appropriate interval of cleanings. These short visits allow us to check the fit of the denture, the health of the gums and soft tissue holding the dentures in place, perform an oral cancer screening, check for cavities, and clean your dentures.