Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures available, complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when you have no teeth and a partial denture is used when you have some teeth.
There are two types of complete dentures. A conventional denture is ready for placement 8 to 12 weeks after your teeth have been extracted and gum tissue has healed. Whereas, an immediate denture is placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are extracted. The immediate denture enables the patient to have teeth during the entire process. After extractions, bones, and gums shrink during the healing process requiring more adjustments to be made to the immediate denture. Immediate dentures should be replaced with conventional dentures as soon as healing is complete.
A partial denture has replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Metal framework holds the denture in place. It is also possible to have a partial denture without the metal framework. An option that can be discussed with your dentist. Partial dentures are used when only one or more natural teeth remain in the lower or upper jaw. A fixed partial denture can be permanent by having a crown placed on either side of the missing tooth and then placing an artificial tooth between the two crowns. This is also known as a bridge and is cemented in place making it permanent. The partial denture fills in the empty places where teeth should be and prevents your other teeth from shifting or changing positions.
Tooth implants are an alternative to the conventional or partial denture. Please call Copperstone Dental at 208•376•5499 and set-up a consultation to see which denture is best for you.