Dentures are a traditional form of restorative treatment for individuals missing several teeth. They’re a popular and cost-effective removable dental appliance that helps restore a person’s smile. The removable appliance is made to fit the patient and resembles natural teeth. At Larson Dental, our Prescott Valley dentists customize dentures for every patient with the goal of restoring oral functionality and confidence.
Exploring Your Denture Options
It’s unknown to many individuals that there are actually two types of dentures. These are known as:
- Complete denture: Often chosen by individuals who have no existing teeth, or are fully edentulous patients in need of a full dental restoration.
- Partial denture: Candidates for this treatment are usually individuals with some missing teeth, or are partially edentulous individuals. In fact, a partial denture can prevent a smile from suffering more damage by filling in missing gaps in the smile – thus preventing the shifting of existing teeth.
At Larson Dental, our goal is to help patients find the best restorative option for their needs. For fully edentulous patients in particular, individuals have two distinct options, known as:
- Conventional dentures: Are placed when all the existing teeth have been removed from the gums and the tissue has healed. However, with conventional dentures, the recovery period can last anywhere from four to six weeks, meaning that the patient won’t have access to teeth during that time period.
- Immediate dentures: For patients who are uncomfortable with the thought of living without teeth for weeks, an immediate denture may be a better solution. They’re usually made in advance, prior to the tooth extraction, and are placed immediately after treatment. However, patients may have to return to visit Dr. Larson once their gums have healed in order to have their immediate dentures adjusted.
It’s important to note that like other restorative treatments, dentures are not permanent as the treatment sits on the gums and is not secured to the jawbone. For patients who prefer a more permanent tooth replacement option, Dr. Larson can stabilize your dentures with the CONUS implant system.
Getting the right measurements, accurate molds, as well as trying on the denture for comfort, are all important steps in a successful, personalized treatment. Once the denture has been made, we encourage patients to take a few weeks to become acclimated to the new appliance.
Don’t be alarmed if you notice some side effects such as soreness, increased saliva flow, or difficulty chewing and speaking during the first few weeks of use. These symptoms will subside as your tissues and muscles become accustomed to the restorative appliance.