Missing a tooth can make you feel self-conscious about smiling and talking. It also has effects on your dental health, as teeth can drift into the space, causing misalignment. A solution suitable for almost anyone is a denture.
Complete or Partial Dentures
If you’re missing just one or a few teeth, partial dentures are ideal. These dentures consist of artificial teeth mounted on a gum-coloured base made from acrylic. A metal frame holds the dentures in place, sometimes along with crowns. You will be able to remove the dentures to clean them and to sleep.
If you’re missing all your teeth or if we need to extract any remaining teeth, you will need complete dentures. These come in two pieces. The upper denture covers the entire top of your mouth, whereas the lower denture is a horseshoe shape to fit around your tongue.
Conventional or Immediate Dentures
Complete dentures can be either conventional or immediate. To make conventional dentures, we wait until your gum tissue has completed healed after extracting your teeth. This ensures a perfect fit and minimizes the need for adjustments. However, you will need to spend around eight to 12 weeks without teeth.
With immediate dentures, you can receive your dentures as soon as we extract your teeth. This avoids the need to be without teeth. As your jawbone and gums will shrink over the months following your teeth extraction, immediate dentures are best as a temporary measure while you wait for your conventional dentures.
Maintaining Your Dentures
Whatever type of dentures you choose, you will need to return to the clinic for adjustments over the years as the shape of your mouth changes. We will reline, remake, and rebase your dentures as needed to prevent irritation and to ensure your dentures continue to allow you to eat and speak comfortably.