Dentures in Montgomery
A denture is a removable dental appliance for
replacement of missing teeth. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and will
enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete and
partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial
dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the
spaces created by missing teeth, it 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 months. During this time the patient will go
without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the
teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the
healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, the denture will need to be
adjusted or redone depending on the amount of tissue shrinkage.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years,
but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
Improving 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-in” appointments
may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your
dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable
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.