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What types of Dentures are available?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available at our Shreveport dental office— complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can be either “traditional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a traditional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Unlike traditional dentures in Shreveport, immediate dentures get made in advance. They can be positioned in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with traditional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
It is essential to replace missing teeth to keep a healthy smile. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift into the missing spaces and become crooked. It is hard to clean crooked teeth, leading to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) diseases.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, sometimes connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps attaching to the adjacent crowns. It is a more natural-looking appliance.
It takes years of practice to put in and take out a removable partial denture. It may feel odd for the first few weeks. But in time, you should get used to it. The Shreveport partial denture should fit easily. Never force it into place by biting down. It could bend the clasps. It may need an adjustment. Talk to our dentist in Shreveport if you have a problem with your new partial denture.
Our dentist can tell you how long to wear the removable partial denture and when to take them out. If the denture puts too much pressure on one spot, it may cause a sore spot on your gum tissue. Usually, our Shreveport dentist will make follow-up appointments to look for pressure points or sore spots and adjust your denture to fit comfortably. Our dentist may tell you to take out the partial denture at bedtime and put it back when you wake up.