Complete and Partial Dentures

You Don’t Need to Live With Missing Teeth

Losing teeth to injury, disease, or decay can be very upsetting and frustrating. From difficulty eating to embarrassment in social situations, living with an incomplete set of teeth has many drawbacks. Fortunately, dentures make it possible to obtain a fully functional set of teeth that look and feel natural. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and their surrounding gum tissue. Thanks to advanced technology, dentures are no longer clunky, unreliable devices, but realistic, attractive, and functional appliances that efficiently resolve the problem of tooth loss. Partial and complete dentures are both available to restore the appearance and oral function of just a few or many lost teeth. Advanced Dental Arts is committed to delivering beautiful and customized dentures that will naturally enhance your smile.

Complete Dentures: Conventional and Immediate

Dental Implants Wesley ChapelComplete dentures are utilized when no teeth remain in the mouth. A high tech plastic base replicates gum tissue and supports a full set of durable, natural looking teeth. Dentures are designed to stay in place by forming a seal with the gums, which allows them to be removed at any time. Complete dentures are available in two different forms: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures aren’t placed until all teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has healed, which usually occurs over 8 to 12 weeks. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made before extraction so that they can be utilized as soon as the teeth are removed. While this method makes it possible to have a set of teeth during the healing process, immediate dentures do need to be adjusted over the few months they are used, since the gum tissues shrink and change as they heal.

Partial Dentures

While complete dentures help patients who need all teeth replaced, partial dentures replace a smaller number of teeth using the same type of device. The smaller base is designed to match the color of the gums, and the teeth are created to closely resemble existing teeth in the mouth. There are a few different techniques used to install partial dentures, which can be permanent or removable. Dr. Kulangara and the professionals at Advanced Dental Arts will work with you to determine the best partial denture for your exact oral needs.

Adjusting to New Dentures

Just like with a new pair of shoes, adjusting to new dentures can take time. The dentures may feel strange, loose, and even a bit uncomfortable as the muscles of the tongue and cheek strengthen to keep them in place. It’s very common for increased saliva flow and irritation to occur during this period of acclimation. Eating with new dentures takes a bit of practice, and it is best to begin with soft foods that are cut into small pieces. It’s possible that pronouncing certain words will also take purposeful practice, especially if you have a full set of dentures and need to relearn how to speak with all teeth in place. All of this is very normal and can be resolved with time, patience, and practice. Dr. Kulangara provides support and expert dental attention through the entire process in order to give you the most satisfaction with your new set of teeth.