Dentures & Partial Dentures Lake Elsinore
Dentures are removable dental appliances that are designed to replace missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. They resemble the natural teeth formation and are used to enhance smiles. They are durable, last for years but may require regular repairs and adjustments due to wear and tear. There are two types of dentures; complete dentures or partial dentures. Complete dentures are applied when all teeth are missing while partial dentures are used when some teeth are still present to restore dental arrangement and prevent shifting of the remaining teeth.
Complete dentures are either immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are prepared in advance and placed on gums after the teeth are removed to ensure that the patient has functional teeth during the healing process. They may require a few adjustments once the gums heal and shrink. On the other hand, conventional dentures are installed after the gum tissue heals completely usually within 4 to 6 weeks after teeth removal. Hence, the patient goes without teeth during the healing period.
Why Dentures are important
- They enhance the smile and facial tissues.
- Improve speech, digestion and chewing.
- Complete dentures cover loss of all teeth.
- Partial dentures cover loss of several teeth.
What does getting Dentures entail?
Unlike other dental procedures, getting dentures requires a number of appointments over several weeks. The process begins when the dentist takes highly accurate measurements and moldsthat are used to create custom dentures. Hence, you may require a number of try-in appointments to ensure that the dentures are of the right color, fit and shape. Once the dentures are complete, the dentist places them and makes adjustment to ensure that they fit naturally and comfortably. Note that, you may experience soreness, increased flow of saliva, chewing and speech difficulty that subsides once the muscles and tissues get accustomed to the dentures. Your Lake Elsinore dentist should give you care instructions, show you how to clean the dentures and maintain good oral hygiene.