What are the different types of dentures?
Dentures replace missing teeth; they can be made to only replace a few missing teeth (a partial denture) or to replace all the teeth in an arch (a complete denture). Complete dentures are made of acrylic and rest on the gums, with the upper denture able to achieve suction on the roof of the mouth. Partial dentures are made of either flexible acrylic or metal and can replace teeth on both sides of the mouth at once; they’re usually held in place by small retainers, or clasps, that grip existing teeth. Dentures can restore or increase chewing function, aid speech, and increase aesthetics. They’re an affordable way to make major changes to the mouth.
How are dentures made?
Our dentures generally involve a few appointments to ensure that we have accurate records of your mouth. These appointments are usually very easy and require some measurements, trying in different trays, taking impressions of the jaws, and deciding how you want your final teeth to look. In most cases, you can help determine how your final smile will look. Once the records are taken, the dentures are fabricated at a lab. The entire process can take between four to eight weeks and varies on a case-by-case basis.
If you’re going to be receiving a complete denture for the first time, it’s possible to go through some of the steps to make the denture before your final teeth are extracted; that way, you do not have to go “toothless” at all. The final denture can be delivered the day the front teeth are extracted. There are some disadvantages to making the denture this way which will be discussed at your appointment.
Do dentures work just like real teeth?
Partial dentures generally work better when more natural teeth are left to hold on to. When receiving either partial or full dentures for the first time, there can be a learning curve when it comes to chewing and speaking. We go through the steps the right way so you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the process, and we’ll work with you after delivery to help you get the most out of your new dentures.
If you’re missing teeth or have teeth that cannot be restored, call our office today at 318-869-2535 to learn more about the dentures we offer.