Dentures (sometimes called false teeth) are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. With today’s advances in restorative dentistry, dentures are made to fit comfortably in your mouth while closely resembling your natural teeth.
There are two types of dentures, complete and implant supported. Dr. Gutman can discuss the differences between the two types and recommend the best approach for you.
Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing or are too damaged to save. There are two types of complete dentures – conventional and immediate.
- Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. This process usually takes 2 to 4 weeks.
- Immediate dentures are made in advance and placed immediately after teeth have been removed, preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the gum tissues heal and shrink, the dentures will need to be adjusted, relined or remade.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are snapped into place on top of dental implants. This provides a secure fit and hold, eliminating looseness or slipping without the need for pasted or adhesives. Implant supported dentures are designed so that they can be removed for regular cleaning, or you can opt for fixed implant supported dentures , which function as permanent teeth.
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