Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and gums. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing and partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth are still intact. During a consultation, Dr. Jose Lopez will explain more about each type of denture and help you decide what is the best option for you.
There are two types of complete dentures:
- Conventional: Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth have been removed and the gums have begun to heal. If you decide to go with this option, your dentures will be ready for placement between 8 and 12 weeks after your teeth have been removed.
- Immediate: Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The benefit to immediate dentures is that you won’t have to be without teeth during your healing process. A disadvantage to immediate dentures, however, is that your bones and gums will shrink over time, especially during the healing process after your teeth have been removed. That means your immediate dentures will require more adjustments to fit properly.
It’s important to remember that new dentures may feel a little loose or strange for the first couple of weeks. But the muscles in your tongue and cheeks will eventually learn to keep your dentures in place and you will get more comfortable putting them in and removing them.
An alternative option to dentures is dental implants. Dr. Lopez is a highly experienced dental implant specialist, and as long as your gum and jaw are healthy, dental implants may be an option for you.
Dr. Lopez will be able to answer any questions you may have about your future with dentures! Please give our office a call to set up your appointment!