Dentures are prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth. There are two kinds: partial and complete.
As the name suggest, partial dentures involve just a few missing teeth. The partials can be removable appliances or fixed in place.
Complete dentures provide a full mouth of teeth, covering either the maxillary arch (the upper teeth), or the mandibular arch (the lower teeth). Complete dentures come out of the mouth for better cleaning and are available as conventional or immediate.
Conventional dentures go into place about eight to 12 weeks after the removal of the teeth, and aren’t made until after your gums have healed.
Immediate dentures can go in right away because the are made in advance of the removal of teeth. Once the gums have healed, the immediate dentures need to be resized so they fit securely after swelling in your gums has gone down.
There are benefits to both, but, ultimately, conventional dentures are usually the wiser choice. As the mouth heals, the bones and gum tissue may shrink, so immediate dentures become problematic. Most dental professionals consider immediate dentures a temporary solution until conventional plates are ready.
You need teeth to speak clearly, chew food properly, and give the face a natural appearance. With even a few teeth missing, people may be left with hollow looking-faces, self-esteem issues, and problems eating anything but soft foods.
Both partial and complete dentures fill in gaps left by missing teeth, giving overall support to the mouth and face.
Dental implants are a popular alternative to dentures, but they are costly and not right for everyone. Dr. Hassan works with her patients to provide the best dental solutions. If dental implants are a possibility, she’ll discuss them with you as well.
If you and Dr. Hassan decide dentures are your best option, she makes impressions of your jaw and takes measurements. She creates a model of the denture for you to try, to see how they fit before the final casting.
Once the final denture is created, Dr. Hassan makes necessary adjustments to ensure each plate fits comfortably in your mouth.
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