Custom Dentures by Dr. Sid Solomon
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth, as well as surrounding tissue. There are two types available — complete and partial. Complete dentures are used with all the teeth are missing, and partials are used when only some of the natural teeth are missing.
There are two types of complete dentures — conventional or immediate. A conventional denture is ready for use approximately eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be used right after the teeth are removed so that a patient will not be without teeth during healing.
Partial dentures are a removable bridge with replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. It may be connected by a metal framework that will hold the denture in place. This type of denture can be used when one or more natural teeth remain.
A fixed bridge replaces teeth by placing crowns on the surrounding teeth and attaching the artificial teeth to them.
How Are Dentures Made?
The process will take a few weeks, entailing several appointments. Once the determination has been made to identify which type of dentures will be best for you, the general steps include:
- A series of impressions will be made, as well measurements to determine how your jaws are positioned and how much space is between them.
- Forms or patterns will be made of the denture. You will try this model several times to assess it for shape, color, and fit before the final casting of the appliance.
- A final denture will be cast.
- Adjustments to ensure a proper fit and look.
Alternatives to Dentures
Many people who already wear dentures or are considering them, may want an alternative. Dental implants can be used as an option to dentures. While the cost may be higher, implants more closely resemble the feel of real teeth.
Call us today to schedule a consultation about denture and implant options.
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