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Dentures are among the most popular and convenient treatments for missing teeth. There are two general types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures. The type of dentures you require depends on the number of teeth you have missing.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are designed to replace all of the teeth on the upper or lower jaw. These dentures may be needed when the patient loses all of his or her teeth due to tooth decay or an accident. The dentures consist of porcelain crowns arranged on a plastic resin tray that fits over the gums.

There are two types of these dentures. Immediate dentures can be placed right after the teeth are extracted, but because the gums shrink over time after the teeth are extracted, the dentures must be adjusted several times. Once the gums are fully healed, conventional dentures can be made. Conventional dentures can be placed 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed to allow time for the gums to fully heal and shrink down to their permanent size and shape.

Partial Dentures

If you are only missing a few teeth, your dentist may recommend that you get partial dentures. These dentures are designed to replace a line of missing teeth, but not the entire upper or lower jaw. Like all dentures, partial dentures can be removed for cleaning and maintenance. The process for designing and fitting these dentures is the same as for designing full dentures.

Dentures are not appropriate for everyone. Some patients have very sensitive gums and find dentures uncomfortable. Your dentist can help you determine if dentures are right for you or if you would be better off getting dental implants.

Dentures offer several significant advantages over dental implants, which are artificial teeth that are permanently affixed to the jaw bone with a titanium screw. Dentures are removable, which can make cleaning and maintaining them easier. In addition, the process of creating and placing dentures is much faster than placing several dental implants because most dentists prefer to place only one or two dental implants at a time, and the process from start to finish takes up to six months.

Your smile is one of your most valuable assets, and there is no need to go one more day with missing teeth. If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dentures, contact your dentist for a consultation.