Dentures - Complete, Partial, & Custom
If you need complete or partial dentures, at HomeTown Dental at Irving we have years of experience in this area of dentistry. Whether you are already a denture-wearer and looking to change your appliance, or if you are new to dentures, we can help you get the perfect fit.
Dentures are worn to replace missing teeth, helping to restore function and appearance. If you have missing teeth, it may have an effect on what foods you can eat, how you talk, and even whether you smile. Full or complete dentures are required if you have lost all of your teeth in one jaw, whereas partial dentures are worn if only some of your teeth are missing.
Complete dentures stay in place by forming a seal with the gums, or they can be attached to dental implants that are embedded into the jawbone. They typically consist of a plastic, pink-colored base (to mimic gum tissue) which supports a complete arch of plastic or porcelain teeth.
Partial dentures may consist of a plastic base or a metal frame that holds the replacement of missing teeth. It stays in place with metal clasps that clip over the teeth on either side of the gap. Plastic partial dentures are usually temporary. As they are lighter than metal-framed dentures, they allow the gums and bone to heal after tooth extractions.
What is the Process for Obtaining a Denture?
Following extractions or tooth loss, the gums and bone must be given sufficient time to heal before a denture is fitted. It typically takes several months, and during this time the shape of the gums changes as they tend to shrink back as they heal. Thus, a denture that fits when you have just lost a tooth is not likely to fit as well several months later.
If enough time has elapsed since your tooth loss, we can begin the process by taking impressions of your mouth. These are used to make models, which an offsite dental laboratory uses to build your custom-made dentures. You may need to have several visits to our office for adjustments so that you get optimal fit and comfort.
What Is an Immediate Denture?
Immediate dentures are temporary dentures that are placed in the mouth immediately after you have had teeth extractions. It will require regular adjusting as your gums heal so that it remains secure and functions as it should.
Do I Wear the Denture at Night?
The gums can become irritated if they do not have a break from the dentures. Thus, most dentures are typically not worn at night to give the soft tissues in the mouth a chance to recover.
The exception to this is during the initial days after you have received the denture. The denture will need adjusting, and the more you wear it, the easier it will be to identify just where to adjust it.
This is particularly important after receiving an immediate denture because the swelling in the gums after extractions may make it difficult for you to reinsert the denture.
Discover more about dentures with us at HomeTown Dental at Irving. Call us for further information on (469) 599-2020.