A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
Complete or full dentures are worn by patients who are missing all of the teeth in a single arch. Dentures need to be changed every four to five years to maintain their stable condition.
Full dentures can be “conventional ” or ” immediate.”
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be inserted as soon as the teeth are removed. The advantage of this is, the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Bone and gums shrink over time during the healing period following the tooth extractions. Because of this a immediate denture require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and should only be a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
A partial denture is designed to fill in the gaps left by a few missing teeth. It is either a plastic or metal plate with a number of artificial teeth attached to it. This clips onto your natural teeth via metal clasps, which holds it securely in place inside your mouth.
Chrome dentures are the preferred partial denture because:
- Taking up less room in your mouth – more comfort
- More strength and lightweight denture with less bulk giving your tongue more freedom and thus better speech
- Better retention and stability
An immediate denture will be used when some or all of your teeth needs to be extracted and are placed by the Dentist at your extraction appointment. Impressions of your existing teeth and gums are taken prior to extraction. Regular check – ups and maintenance of your denture will assist with ongoing changes with the fit and resorption of your gums.
If your denture require a repair, it may be indicative of underlying problems, including age of the denture, poor fit or worn teeth.
Depending on what type of repair or addition is being made, it may require an impression to be taken. If an impression is needed, the waiting time and cost will be reflective of the extra work required.
Common repairs which includes fractures, breaks, lost or chipped denture teeth are most of the time a same day procedure.