Has your dentist recently said you need full or partial dentures? If so, you probably have a lot of questions about what they are and how they are placed. Here at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin, we know that having the answers to these questions is important. We want you to know more about the process of getting dentures because doing so eases anxiety and empowers you to take control of your dental care. In order to best fit the needs of each of our patients, we offer many varieties of dentures, including full, implant-retained, partial, Valplast, and over-dentures. Let’s get started by talking about the difference between partial and full dentures.
A denture is a replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing or must be extracted, while partial dentures are used when only some teeth are missing. Complete dentures come in two varieties- conventional and immediate. Dentures are normally placed after the gums have fully healed from a tooth extraction, This is better for the mouth and the fit of the dentures in the long run, but it also means that you have to go 8 to 12 weeks without teeth. However, with immediate dentures, you can walk out of the dental office with a new set of teeth. While this is convenient from an aesthetic standpoint, it can be painful. They will also require frequent adjustments as the gums and bone shrink during the healing process.
Partial dentures are a few replacement teeth held together in a gum-colored plastic base. The partial denture is used to fill in the gaps between remaining natural teeth. This not only serves to provide a more natural looking smile but also keeps the remaining teeth from shifting.
The denture placement process takes several dental appointments over a span of a few weeks. Your dentist will normally:
If you think you might be a candidate for dentures or have any questions about your existing dentures and live near Austin, please call us at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.