Complete and Partial Dentures

 

Complete and Partial Dentures

A denture is an artificial set of removable teeth made of acrylic resin, and sometimes combined with metal. Dentures replace missing teeth and the adjacent tissues. Dentures can be either partial or complete. A partial dentures purpose is to fill in the spaces made by missing teeth and prevents the remaining teeth from shifting position in the jaw.

Complete dentures replace all of the teeth. There are two types of complete dentures: immediate or conventional. An immediate denture is fitted onto the gums as soon as the teeth are surgically removed. One disadvantage of an immediate denture is that adjustments may be necessary after the gums have completely healed. A conventional denture allows time for healing, as they are fitted onto the gums after the gums have had sufficient time to heal after surgery.

Dentures can take approximately five dental visits. First, Dr. Arteaga will take impressions of the gums and a wax bite – these are necessary to determine the vertical dimensions and proper jaw position. Dr. Arteaga may then make a trial denture or “try-in” to ensure of the correct shape and color as well as proper fit. Minor adjustments are usually needed when the denture is placed.

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