Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and surrounding tissue. It is made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, whereas partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth but also prevents other teeth from shifting.

A complete denture may be either conventional or immediate. A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time, you will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing you from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted as a result of normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete denture: Replace all teeth in an arch
  • Partial denture: Replace several teeth in an arch
  • Enhance the smile and facial tissues
  • Improve chewing, speech, and digestion

What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-on” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, Dr. Vann will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty; however, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.