Are Dentures Right For You?

April 7, 2015 |

Dental Treatments

Getting Great Dentures from the Right Dentist

Dentures are a removal dental device that is designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. Dentures may be complete or partial, depending on the patient’s needs. If all the teeth are missing, complete dentures are needed. Partial dentures may be used if some of the natural teeth are preserved.

As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Chris Baer provides several options to replace missing teeth, including dentures. Patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO, and surrounding communities may consult with Dr. Baer for appropriate treatment as per their needs.

Full Dentures

Complete dentures can be of two types: immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are typically produced in advance, and the dentist can place them as soon as the patient’s teeth are extracted. The advantage with these dentures is that the patient does not have to go through a period without teeth when the gums are healing.

However, these dentures are usually recommended only as a temporary solution until the healing is completed. These are made in advance, and the tissue and bones tend to shrink slightly during the healing process. Therefore, the fitting must change once the healing process is over.

Conventional dentures, on the other hand, are made when the gum tissue has healed completely. This may take a period about two to three months after the dental extraction procedure. However, these conventional dentures are well-fitting and can be used effectively for the long term.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture typically includes replacement teeth fixed to a gum-colored synthetic base that is connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in its place. A cosmetic dentist may recommend the use of partial dentures if one or more natural, healthy teeth remain in the lower or upper jaw. A permanent bridge will replace the missing teeth by placing crowns over the teeth on either side of the empty space and fixing artificial teeth to them.

The bridge is then fixed into its place with dental cement. In this manner, the partial denture can fill up the gaps created by missing teeth. This is important so that the other healthy teeth do not shift from their position. A precision partial denture can be removed easily. It has internal attachments and not clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. It is a more natural looking device.

Experience with New Dentures

Dr. Baer likes to prepare his patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO, and nearby areas about how the new dentures may feel like in the first days or weeks. An experienced dentist will ensure that the dentures are well-fitting so that repeated adjustments are not needed later on. For the first few weeks, the patient may feel slightly odd to have dentures in the mouth.

Once the muscles in the cheeks and tongue get used to the dentures, the patient will get more comfortable about their insertion and removal. In some cases, the patient may experience minor soreness or irritation or an increase in the flow of saliva. However, these problems will fade away as the mouth adapts to the dentures.