What is a Denture?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth.
Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, meaning fewer adjustments are needed. Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed, but may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place. To make this possible, we take measurements and make models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit.
An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly.
A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position, and is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining.
Sometimes we will make implant retained dentures which once integration of the implants has taken place will then clip onto the fixtures.