Patients with numerous missing or severely decayed teeth could greatly benefit with dentures. Dentures are a form of replacement for missing teeth. Dentures help your gums and surrounding tissue heal from missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete.
Partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth remain. We’ll aim to keep your healthy teeth and add crowns, implants and bridges to create teeth to replace your missing ones.
Full dentures are used when all your teeth are either missing or need to be extracted due to irreparable damage or decay.
There is typically a waiting period of 12 weeks for your dentures, since the lab requires some time to custom make the dentures that will fit perfectly in your mouth. During this time, you may be provided with some immediate dentures before leaving the appointment.
Why Dentures Can Help
If you have missing teeth, it is important to get dentures and replace the gaps as soon as you can. Below are some of the negative outcomes that can happen if you neglect using dentures:
- Having no or few teeth makes it hard to eat and speak
- You can appear to age due to the changes of your facial structure and additional wrinkles
- Your jawbone will shrink after time without teeth, due to atrophy caused by the absence of chewing
Dentures are essential in helping to avoid these deformities and other future dental complications. We will do the best we can to help you save your remaining teeth. Partial dentures are more cost effective and keeping more of your natural teeth is better for your mouth. Going this route will enable you to continue enjoying food, feel and look better and give you more confidence. Partial dentures are also easier to be fitted with immediate dentures.
While we strive to help you keep your natural teeth, sometimes tooth extraction is necessary. We won’t remove more teeth than what is necessary. We’ll promptly equip you with a set of dentures to minimize the negative effects of tooth loss. If you have any questions about dentures and whether or not they are the best option for you, contact us today.