Dentures are removable and can be full or partial. Dentures not only replace missing teeth, they replace the surround tissue. Patients may need dentures for a variety of reasons including: tooth loss, tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.
Complete dentures come in two forms: immediate and conventional.
Immediate Dentures, as their name suggests, are ready as soon as all teeth have been removed. This allows our patients to never have to appear without teeth, even while their mouths are still healing from the extractions. However, since these dentures cannot be fit as well as conventional dentures, we recommend them only as a temporary solution until traditional dentures can be fitted and put in place. This process generally takes about eight to twelve weeks.
Conventional Dentures take a series of appointments. First, we measure and make impressions of our patients’ jaws, and see how they fit together. Next, we make exact replicas of the denture for the patient in order to ensure the best possible color, shape and fit. Then, we cast the final denture. Once it is in place, we make adjustments as necessary. It is natural for a newly placed denture to feel slightly uncomfortable at first, but after a few weeks, if discomfort persists, a patient should return to have the denture adjusted until the fit is perfect.
Many patients find eating and speaking to be a bit awkward after a new denture is put in, but with a little practice, our patients get back to normal in short order. If eating and speaking continue to be awkward or difficult, patients should schedule an appointment to have the denture checked and readjusted if necessary.
If you are considering dentures for yourself or a loved one, please set up an appointment at Carolina’s Dental Choice, Brown and Associates by calling (704) 289-9519. We can select the perfect color and shape to provide an amazing, comfortable fit and a natural looking smile.