At McGlone Dental Care we care for your smile. There are two main types of dentures – Full and Partial. We can help you choose the type of denture that’s best, whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures can take some getting used to, and will never feel the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are normal looking and more comfortable than ever.
How Do Dentures Work?
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums, the base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth (the palate) while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Types of Dentures:
- Conventional Full Denture: A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
- Immediate Full Denture: An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. We will take measurements and make models of your teeth and jaw. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the dentures to become loose.
- Partial Denture: A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
How Are Dentures Made?
The developmental process of a denture takes a few weeks and several appointments. Here’s the process you can expect:
- Make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements to relate to one another and to see how much space is in between the chewing surface.
- Create models and wax forms in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. Try on model several times and the denture will be assessed for color, shape and fit before final denture is cast.
- The cast is your final denture.
- Adjustments will be made as necessary.
If you find yourself needing dentures or thinking about them, please think of McGlone Dental Care, we’d love to help you create the perfect fitting dentures.