If you’ve lost teeth due to decay, injury, or periodontal (gum) disease, dentures are a very effective solution for replacing them. Whether you need partial or full dentures, these dental prosthetics can not only improve the look of your smile, but also your oral health. Dentures allow you to eat as you did before you lost your teeth, improve your speech, and prevent facial sagging, which can occur when teeth are missing and cause a more aged appearance. With proper maintenance of both the dentures and the mouth in general, you can enjoy years of comfortable, healthy, functioning dentures.
There are three types of dentures: conventional, immediate, and partial. Immediate dentures are created before the teeth are removed using measurements and models taken of the jaw. They are ready to be inserted immediately after the teeth have been removed. This means that the patient will not have to go through a period of not having teeth while waiting for the dentures, but their dentures will need adjustments.
Conventional and partial dentures are able to fit with more precision as they are made (in a dental laboratory) using highly accurate molds and measurements taken of the mouth after the teeth have been removed. There will be a period during which the patient will have no teeth while waiting for the dentures to be completed and waiting for the gums to heal, and several “try-in” appointments will be needed to ensure the right shape, color, and fit, but they generally function better than immediate dentures.