A partial denture is a removable (RPD) is for patients that are missing multiple teeth. This is used for patients that have chosen not to have a fixed bridge or implant placed. It can also be used as a temporary replacement for missing teeth while other long term procedures are being planned or in progress.
Denture is a lab fabricated set of teeth and is custom made to fit over the gum tissue. Dentures are removable and need to taken out daily for proper cleaning of gum tissue and the denture. Patients who have dentures are still urged to visit Dr. Thompson at least once per year for a comprehensive exam of their gum tissue.
A confident, radiant smile is always important, but it’s especially important for patients wearing dentures. Everyone has a different and unique mouth structure. For that reason we create customized dentures for every patient, ensuring a natural and aesthetically pleasing look.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. They are often called false teeth and can be made to replace a single tooth, multiple or partial teeth, or full upper and lower replacement. Dentures are supported in the oral cavity by hard and soft tissues and remaining bone. There are many different types of dentures. Dr. Thompson and his staff have the experience to thoroughly go over this type of procedure so you will understand if it is right for you.
If you have missing teeth, dentures could be your ticket back to a beautiful smile. Dentures are natural-looking, removable teeth that are attached to an aesthetically pleasing frame. They are a great solution for those who have lost their teeth from gum disease, tooth decay, or an accident. There are two different types of dentures; full and partial.
Full Dentures- Complete and Immediate
Complete dentures, also known as conventional dentures, are given to those who have had all of their teeth removed. Conventional full dentures can be placed into the patient’s mouth once the gums have fully healed. Gums may need to heal after tooth extraction or any physical injury to the gums. Healing can take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks.
Immediate dentures are different in that the patient does not have to go without teeth for a period of time. They are made in advance and can be placed into the patient’s mouth right away. As the mouth heals, partial adjustments may be required to the immediate dentures.
Partial dentures are used when the patient has lost only some teeth. They are replacement teeth attached to a naturally pink gum base. Because the teeth gaps may be in different locations, this removable denture is typically connected by a metal framework. Partial dentures are crucial because they help to fill in teeth gaps as well as prevent other teeth from shifting positions. The partial dentures will be customized for the patient's mouth structure.
Dentures Procedure- How it works:
Initial Appointment: Your first appointment includes a thorough examination of your gums and teeth to see if you are a good candidate for dentures.
Mold Replica: In order to create dentures that are a perfect fit for your mouth, a mold replica will be created using dental putty. This mold is then sent to a professional laboratory for denture creation.
Fitting Appointment: Once your dentures are ready for use, you will come in for a second visit to get your dentures fitted and adjusted as needed.