When replacing missing teeth, implant treatment is undoubtedly the best replacement option. However, if for any reason a patient chooses to forgo implant treatment, there are other replacement options available that we offer to our patients.
A denture is a removable dental appliance for replacement of missing teeth and 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 the 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.
Immediate dentures are prosthetic pieces that replace teeth right after oral surgery is completed. They are the devices that allow people to function and provide esthetics during the healing phase of care. They are not fabricated to be the final dentures that the patient wears. The oral environment changes dramatically after teeth are removed. Both, the form of the soft tissue and the bone changes. Bone loses 40% of its height and width 24 months after tooth extraction and then continuously throughout the patient’s life. Dentures will not prevent inevitable bone loss. These changes are frequently adapted by use of the dentures being relined or remade. The bite force that people can expect on food also changes with tooth removal. The average patient loses approximately 85% of their bite force after complete extraction. The use of dental implants can maintain bone volume under dentures so that the bone does not continue to diminish and also increase the bite force of an individual so that it is similar to their original teeth. There are many options to choose from.
Soft liners are typically placed and changed underneath an immediate denture to provide comfort during the healing phase.
Dentures are durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
- Complete Denture – Replacement of all teeth in an arch.
- Partial Denture – Replacement of several teeth in an arch.
- Aesthetically enhanced smile.
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually 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, Dr. Casteen 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 difficulty, however, this 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 dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.