We’ve been discussing various treatments for damaged or missing teeth, and now we get to the most extensive (and perhaps the most infamous) of the options: dentures. If the idea of dentures is intimidating to you, that’s totally understandable. Most of us had grandparents or great aunts/uncles that had endless amounts of trouble and discomfort from poor-fitting dentures. The good news is that dentures have changed a lot between now and then, and if you need dentures, we’re here to help create a comfortable, effective fit for you.
What exactly are dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. A denture is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
What if I need dentures?
If you need dentures, the process of creating dentures for you will take about one month and five appointments – give or take (initial diagnosis, impressions, measurements, temporary placement to ensure proper fit, permanent denture placement, and final follow up). It’s a bit of a long process, but dentures are custom-made, and being thorough from the beginning is the best way to make sure you’re pleased with the final product.