Teeth naturally deteriorate over time. When a tooth has deteriorated substantially (due to decay, fracture or normal wear), it often needs to be extracted.
When a patient is missing multiple teeth, dentures are a treatment option for the replacement of those teeth. Dentures can create natural and healthy looking teeth. A properly fitting set of dentures can greatly enhance your smile and sense of self-esteem.
Complete and partial dentures
Complete dentures are used when few or no original teeth remain. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom (or both) of your mouth and are customized to fit your mouth. The dentist begins by removing any remaining teeth so the dentures can be fabricated. The dentist then takes impressions to create a mold of your gums. These molds are sent to a dental lab where customized dentures are constructed.
Partial dentures are prepared in much the same way as complete dentures except that some healthy natural teeth remain in your mouth.
Immediate dentures allows patients to have their dentures on the same day their teeth are removed. This prevents the embarrassment of being without teeth. As the extraction sites heal and the bone remodels, the denture will require adjustments and relining to make it fit better. When the healing process is complete a new denture may be required.