Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and connected to them tissues, also known as false teeth or prosthetic devices. At Village Dental Medicine we offer two kinds of dentures – partial and complete dentures. Partial are used when some natural teeth are missing, complete are installed in cases when a person is missing all the teeth.
Complete dentures come in two kinds: immediate or conventional. Conventional dentures can be installed only after all the teeth are removed and gums are healed, which happens usually in a period from eight to twelve weeks.
Immediate dentures are created in advance and are ready for placement as soon as teeth are removed, which allows the patient to escape the discomfort of being without teeth during the gum healing period. Since during the healing period gums and bones may tend to change their form and shrink, immediate dentures are more complicated in terms of proper adjustment and are usually recommended as temporary solution before complete dentures installment.
Partial dentures are also known as bridges and, as a rule, consist of prosthetic devices (replacement teeth) fixed to the gum-colored base made of plastic. Sometimes doctor will use metal framework to hold the denture in the mouth in place. Partial dentures are used when one or few teeth still remain in the lower or upper jaw. Partial denture is a great solution to fill the spaces in the mouth created by the missing teeth and help prevent the remaining teeth from changing position.