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Full and partial dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be placed and removed from your mouth whenever you wish. Dentures can take some time to get used to because they are not the same as your natural teeth. The modern dentures available today are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

Dentures are custom made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth by your dentist. The two main types of dentures are full or partial. We will help you choose the type of denture that best suits your needs. Partial dentures rest on a metal framework that will attach to your natural teeth. If crowns are on some of your natural teeth, they sometimes can serve as anchors for your denture. Full dentures can be provided in two different ways. The conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have all healed.

Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth. Some people are not comfortable being without their teeth, so another choice of full dentures is called the immediate full denture. Immediate full dentures are inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will have taken measurements and made models of your jaw during a prior visit.

While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be realigned several months after being inserted into your mouth. The reason for this is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, which may cause the denture to become loose.