Dentures & Partial Dentures: Fort Collins Dentists
If you have missing teeth and surrounding tissue, a denture might be a good option for you. Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. These custom made appliances will closely resemble natural teeth and can potentially improve your smile.
Depending on your dental needs, Dr. Kaines or Dr. Cosper might recommend a complete or partial denture. When all teeth are missing, your dentist will make a complete denture. Partial dentures are more appropriate when the patient is retaining some natural teeth. Partial dentures fill in spaces where teeth are missing as well as preventing shifting among remaining teeth.
How do you know if you are a good candidate for a denture? If you are missing all of your teeth in one arch, you will likely require a complete denture. There are two types of complete dentures – conventional or immediate. A conventional denture is fabricated after the teeth have been removed and gum tissue has healed. This typically takes 4 to 6 weeks, during which the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures will be produced in advance and placed immediately after teeth are extracted. While this ensures the patient won’t be without teeth during the healing process, adjustments to the dentures will be required once tissues shrink and heal.
Reasons for Dentures:
- Complete Denture: Loss of all teeth in an arch
- Partial Denture: Loss of several teeth in an arch
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
What Does Getting Dentures Involve?
If you have lost several teeth in an arch, you might be a better candidate for a partial denture. For some patients, a denture will improve chewing, digestion and speech. For others, it will improve aesthetics such as your smile and facial tissues. Your dentist at Spring Creek Dental will be able to advise you about whether you are a good candidate for success with a complete or partial denture.
Dentures are hardy appliances and will usually last many years. They may need to be remade, repaired or readjusted with normal wear and tear.
What is the Process for Denture Fabrication?
To make a custom fabricated denture, you will need several appointments over a period of several weeks. Your dentist will take precise impressions and measurements to ensure an optimal fit. Several “try-in” appointments might be needed to assure proper fit, shape, and color. At your final appointment, your dentist will carefully adjust and place your finished denture to create a natural and comfortable fit.
Most patients will experience increased saliva, some soreness, and potential difficulty with speech and chewing. These symptoms should diminish as your muscles and tissues become accustomed to your new dentures.
Dr. Kaines or Dr. Cosper will provide detailed instructions on the care of your new dentures. You can extend the life of your dentures with proper cleaning of your appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits. As gum tissue changes shape, dentures and partial dentures will require refitting every few years.
Dentures Dentists in Fort Collins, CO
To discuss dentures with one of our Fort Collins dentists, call Spring Creek Dental at (970) 482-8883.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 482-8883