Dentures - Complete & Partials
For many years, one of the best solutions to missing teeth, whether a few or the entire mouth, has been getting dentures. When you are missing even one tooth, the problems and complications that arise can be very difficult to deal with. When you are missing several or all of them, the problems are compounded exponentially. Our dental health professionals here at Frank W. Sallustio DDS, MS, FACP can help you find out if you would be a good candidate for a denture placement.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are sets of replacement teeth which can be made from a number of different materials to take the place of multiple or all teeth which may be missing from a person’s mouth. When a patient is missing teeth, or has had all of their teeth removed, they will need a set of complete dentures. If they are missing some teeth, but still have a few or several natural teeth, they will be in need of only a partial denture.
With complete dentures, a plastic base is constructed and colored to give the appearance of gum tissue. This base supports a full set of plastic or porcelain teeth. It is held in place by forming a seal with the gums, using a denture adhesive.
Partial dentures are for patients who may be missing just some, but not all, of their teeth. Just as with complete dentures, a base must be fabricated to support the specific teeth which are being replaced, although this is usually made of metal rather than plastic due to its increased strength and rigidity. In some cases, other material may be used as well. Unlike complete dentures, partials are secured in the mouth by attaching them to the surrounding teeth.
What to Expect When Getting Dentures
The process to get either a full or partial set of dentures usually takes multiple visits. If tooth extraction is required, it can take several weeks to make sure everything is properly healed and ready to take on the new dental appliance. In addition to that, there are also multiple molds and impressions that must be made, checked, and adjusted to make sure that every aspect of the dentures fit and function correctly.
After this, the fabrication of the dentures will begin, which is done in several sessions. At each step of the process, the dentist will want to check the fit, alignment, bite position, as well as any other factors required to make sure that they are designed and manufactured properly. It is during these visits that any necessary alterations can be made to ensure they work and fit as well as possible. During this time you will have a temporary set of dentures.
Don’t let missing teeth interfere with your daily life any longer. Whether you are in need of a partial or full set of dentures, our dental health experts will be more than happy to help you with whatever you require. Simply stop by our offices here at Frank W. Sallustio DDS, MS, FACP or give us a call at (623) 975-0796 today.