Common reasons people require dentures include loss of teeth, enhancing your smile and facial tissues and improving chewing, speech and digestion. There are two types of dentures:
Complete dentures are worn when all teeth are missing and can be either conventional or immediate.
- Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. This usually takes four to six weeks, and the patient goes without teeth during this time.
- Immediate dentures are made in advance and are immediately placed after the teeth are removed, preventing the patient from having to go without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments are made to the dentures.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. They fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, while also preventing other teeth from shifting.
When getting used to your new dentures, you may experience increased saliva flow, soreness and possible difficulty chewing or speaking, but these issues will pass as your muscles and tissues adjust.
Our friendly team will instruct you on how to care for your new dentures, as proper cleaning, good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will help your dentures last for years. Dentures are very durable, but over time they will need repairs, adjustments or remaking due to normal wear. West Five Family Dental is happy to provide these denture repairs for our patients.
Contact the West Five Family Dental team to discuss your denture needs. We will be happy to go through all of your options with you.