Dentures are removable dental appliances that help replace and replicate missing teeth, as well as the surrounding tissues. At Chelmsford Family Dentistry, we craft custom dentures to perfectly recreate your natural teeth and greatly enhance your smile.
Complete or Partial Dentures — Which to Choose?
All depending on your needs, there are two types of dentures for you to consider:
Complete dentures are perfect for those with all of their natural teeth missing. A complete denture can either be placed immediately, or through the conventional method of waiting for the gums to heal following tooth extractions. Conventional dentures typically require a four- to six-week waiting period in which you will go without any type of teeth. If having teeth is essential to maintaining your appearance, we can create immediate dentures in advance and then immediately place them once your remaining teeth have been removed. Several weeks later, after the tissue has healed, we will perform adjustments.
If you still have several natural teeth remaining, they can be used as posts to help stabilize a removable partial denture. Partial dentures are ideal for patients who have lost only several teeth in an arch and are looking to maintain the position of their existing teeth.
As very durable appliances, your dentures should last many years, although they may need to be remade, repaired or readjusted as a result of normal wear and tear.
While both complete and partial dentures can help to improve your appearance, they also help with your ability to chew, speak and digest foods.
What Goes into Getting Dentures?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a number of weeks. Highly accurate impressions (moulds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, colour and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness and possible speech and chewing difficulty at first. However, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given after-care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will be a great help in extending the life of your dentures.
Request a Consultation
To schedule a consultation with our denturist, call Chelmsford Family Dentistry, today!