Dentures are utilized for missing teeth and surrounding tissue as a removable replacement. There are two types of dentures available, complete and partial dentures. When all teeth are missing a complete denture is used, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are still remaining.
Complete Dentures are done in two ways, Conventional and Immediate. A conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal.
Immediate dentures are made prior to the teeth being removed and can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The obvious benefit is the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. The disadvantage of the immediate denture is that while the bone and gums are healing they are shrinking and changing shape, therefore causing immediate dentures to require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process. Immediate dentures really should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures are created.
Partial Dentures are normally more common and consist of replacing several missing teeth. Teeth are attached to a metal framework with a gum colored plastic base. The reason for the metal framework is to allow for a better hold within the mouth of the patient. Partial dentures are used only when natural teeth remain in the mouth, those teeth are utilized to help keep the partial in place. There are some partial dentures that can be made without metal. Just ask your Houston dentist which type is best for you.
The process to create a custom denture takes only a few weeks and requires several appointments to insure a proper fit. Once your dentist determines the best type of treatment plan needed, the steps for creating your very own custom denture are as follows:
- The dentist will make several impressions of your jaw, as well as take measurements to insure proper alignment between the adjacent jawbone and space needed to insure a proper fit.
- Next, a model made out of wax or plastic will be created in order to better shape and position the denture to insure a proper fit. You will then be given a follow up appointment to try on the model to verify fit, color, and shape before the final denture is cast.
- The last step will be to create a final cast of your denture and make any adjustments needed to insure a proper fit.
If you have questions about dentures, partials or other related issues, please contact our office today. Serene Dental Aesthetics proudly serves the communities of Katy, Sugarland, Richmond, and Long Meadow Farms. If you would like to schedule an appointment, fill out our form online or call us at 281-232-8300.