Dentures: Complete and Partials
What Type of Denture Do I Need?
Getting dentures is a multi-step process, starting with an initial fitting and casting of a mold to the final fit to ensure comfort and proper adaptation. While getting used to dentures can be a learning curve, many patients like having the convenience and quick turnaround of obtaining their dentures to restore their confidence.
Complete dentures and partials are significantly more comfortable than previous generations of prosthetic teeth, and the stereotype of the "chattering teeth" resemblance of yore certainly does not pertain to today's dentures. With a good fitting, dentures are highly comfortable and may not even need adhesive to keep them in place.
Depending on the severity of your tooth loss, you may be a candidate for either a complete set of dentures or, if you still have several healthy teeth remaining, a set of partials may be better for you.
Complete Dentures: A complete set of dentures involves both upper and lower dentures and are best for people who do not have any teeth. Some people may only require just a top or a bottom. If you required an extraction before being fitted with dentures, you might need to wait up to 12 weeks for your gums and jaw to heal. A temporary set ("healing" dentures) can hold you over in the interim. Because gum tissue naturally shrinks as you age, plan on being refitted every five to ten years for a new set of dentures.
Partial Dentures: If you have only a few missing teeth, and many of your remaining teeth are still healthy, partial dentures may be helpful. These can close the gaps between your smile and improve your bite, your ability to eat, and help prevent shifting, tilting teeth that could lead to further tooth loss. There are three major types of partial dentures, including cast-metal, flexible nylon, and hybrid.
Getting used to your dentures may take some time, and when you are first fitted with them, you may notice problems such as:
However, these negative sensations should quickly pass as you adjust to wearing them more regularly. If you find that you're still experiencing discomfort or pain and not adapting to wearing your dentures, please let us know, and we can work with you to ensure your comfort.
Whether you have full tooth loss or you're missing just a few of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for dentures. Please give the skilled staff here at Wendy Sanger DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry a call at (908) 647-4441 to learn more about how partial or complete dentures can benefit you.