Complete & Partial Dentures
Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
There are two types of partial dentures – removable and fixed. A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth anchored to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base, which is connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place by attaching to natural teeth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. This appliance should be removed when not being used.
Are There Alternatives to Dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or to support a bridge, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of natural teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for the procedure.
Speak to Dr. Ponciano, she would be happy to discuss the treatment options available to you and assist you with a payment plan that fits your budget.