Made of high-quality acrylic and metal alloys, dentures are prosthetic teeth on a gum-colored base that provides a natural-looking, practical solution for replacing several or an entire row of missing teeth. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about the benefits of both full and partial dentures from Dr. Schwartz in his Denver clinic.
When there are several or more healthy teeth left in the upper or lower jaw, partial dentures can help bring back a full smile and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting across the gaps. The dentures can be fixed permanently in place or detachable for easy cleaning and maintenance. A fixed partial denture, also known as a bridge, is typically used when two or more teeth are missing in a row. Removable partial dentures, on the other hand, are typically used to replace teeth from various locations in the mouth. When not secured by dental implants, partial dentures use a metal frame to clasps onto the remaining teeth. In a fixed bridge, the surrounding teeth are held in place by prosthetic teeth that fill the gaps in between.
Also known as a complete denture, a full denture replaces all or nearly all missing upper or lower teeth. Securing these dentures on the jaw usually requires dental implants, natural suction, or denture adhesive. Non-implant dentures typically have an adjustment phase that often leads to the soreness of the cheeks and gums, although this disappears over time.
Currently, there are two kinds of full dentures:
- Conventional dentures. After any remaining teeth are removed and the gums have healed, conventional dentures are made. Generally, these take 8 to 12 weeks to finish.
- Immediate dentures. These are made in advance and placed in the mouth shortly after the teeth have been removed. Once the gums have had time to heal, adjustments are made. Usually, immediate dentures are temporary until they are replaced with conventional dentures.
Adjusting to New Dentures
Marc Schwartz, DDS provides comfortable, high-quality dentures designed to mimic the form of natural teeth and gums, but they can still be uncomfortable to live with at first. However, this is just the mouth’s initial reaction to a foreign object. While it may be tempting to remove them, the best way to get used to new dentures is by persevering through it. Reading your favorite book or newspaper aloud can especially help in adjusting to talking with new dentures. After weeks of continued use, most people can eat, speak, and even smile confidently again.