Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable natural-looking replacement teeth. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Marion Dental Associates provides personalized denture services that meet the needs and comfort levels of our patients. All of our patients are unique and we create one-of-a-kind dentures that feel good and look natural.
There are two types of dentures: partial and full.
Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting. (Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges). Some partial dentures can be made with a pink acrylic framework, instead of metal, to more closely resemble natural gum tissue.
Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. They may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”
- A conventional full denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth.
- Immediate full dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed. These may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use, as the tissues shrink and heal. With this option the patient does not have to go without “teeth”, and will thereby maintain a “normal” appearance.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures:
- Complete or Full Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch
- Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
What does getting dentures involve?
The process requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. First, 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, we will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
Increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty are normal at first. However, these will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
How do I know if dentures are the right choice for me?
Dentures are not for everyone. If you’re interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment to see us. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have, and work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health.
Caring for your dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures (also available on this website). Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.