Partials & Dentures

If you have missing teeth, you may be looking for an option to replace them. Dentures have long been a popular tooth replacement option. At Better Dentistry in Durham, we provide both partial and complete dentures to restore both the function and appearance to your smile.

Effects of missing teeth

Not only do missing teeth impair your ability to eat and speak comfortably, but they have an impact on the remaining teeth as well. The neighboring teeth can shift from their position along the gum line into the empty space, which can eventually alter your bite. Bone recession is another concern with missing teeth, which can lead to a change in the facial structure. Whether you choose dentures, bridges, or dental implants, it is recommended that you replace teeth that have been lost.

Complete dentures

These dentures are used when all of the teeth have been lost (or extracted). They come in two types, conventional and immediate. Immediate dentures are made before any teeth are removed and can be worn directly following the procedure, eliminating the period of time where you would be toothless while waiting for the dentures to be completed. Though this may be a convenient option, immediate dentures will not fit as well as conventional dentures do because they do not take into account the changes that your bones and gums will undergo as they heal. They will, therefore, require adjustments to maintain the right fit. Conventional dentures, on the other hand, are not measured until all the teeth have been lost or removed from the mouth, and the gums have begun to heal. They take approximately 8-12 months to complete but offer a more secure and comfortable fit than immediate dentures.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth still remain. They sometimes have a metal framework connected to the pink or gum-colored plastic base to hold them in place.

Both complete and partial dentures are removable. They will require some maintenance to ensure that you can enjoy their extended use. They should be taken out daily to be cleaned and need to be stored in a liquid – either water or a denture-soaking solution – to prevent warping.

If you are ready for a tooth restoration solution, visit us at Better Dentistry for partial or complete dentures in Durham.

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