Patients with missing teeth might be great candidates for dentures. These are removable teeth replacements that can improve chewing and speech as well as restore sagging facial muscles to their natural shape.
There are two main types of dentures-complete and partial. A denture that replaces all teeth is called a complete denture. A partial denture replaces missing teeth and keeps the surrounding teeth from changing position. Complete dentures can be either conventional or immediate. For a conventional denture, all the patient’s teeth are removed and time is allowed for the patient to heal, after which the dentures are fitted.
Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed. Your dentist will analyze your dental situation to determine which type of dentures are best for you.
The complete denture process, including extraction and fitting, generally takes about one month. A dentist will give you instructions on how long to wear your dentures at first and how to care for them. Once you have become accustomed to your dentures, they will look and function like your natural teeth.