Denture Procedures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are a removable dental appliance used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are designed to resemble your natural teeth enhancing your smile. Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate”. Conventional dentures are made once the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue is healed. Healing takes on average 4 to 6 weeks, and during this time patients will go without teeth. An immediate denture is made in advance and placed immediately after the teeth are removed. This allows the patient to have teeth while their gums are healing. With an immediate denture, once the tissue has finished healing adjustments will have to be made.

Reasons for Dentures

  • Loss of all teeth in either the upper or lower arch will require a complete denture.
  • Improved speech, chewing, and digestion from properly made and adjusted dentures.
  • Enhancements to a patient’s smile and facial features.

Getting Dentures

Patients will need to be seen over several appointments, spread across a period of several weeks.  Accurate impressions (molds) will be taken during one of your earlier appointments and used to create your dentures. You may be asked to come in for numerous “try-on” appointments to ensure your denture is the proper color, fit, and shape, during your final appointment we will make sure your denture is precisely adjusted and placed, providing a comfortable and natural fit.

Once you have your new denture, it is normal to experience temporary chewing and speech difficulty, increased saliva flow, and some soreness. These symptoms will subside once your muscles and tissues get used to the new denture. To aid in the life of your new denture, good oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and proper cleaning of your dental appliance is essential.