Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices worn in the mouth to replace missing teeth. There are two types of dentures—complete (full) dentures and partial dentures. A complete denture is recommended for a patient who needs a denture to replace all of their teeth on either their upper or lower arch (i.e., maxillary or mandibular arch, respectively); the complete denture is supported entirely by the gums. A partial denture is recommended for a patient who needs a removable prosthetic to replace missing teeth on one of their arches and is primarily supported by the natural teeth.
Dentures can also be categorized into conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made for a patient who has had missing teeth for a long period of time, or after bad teeth are removed (extracted) and the gums have completely healed. Typically, at least two or three months is required for the supporting bone and gums to stabilize after (an) extraction(s) before the process for making a conventional denture can begin. An immediate denture, as the name implies, is a denture the is made for a patient before the bad teeth are extracted. This is done so that the patient does not have to go “without teeth” for any period of time.
Since every patient’s mouth is unique, the denture making process certainly takes time to deliver the best denture for each patient. Therefore, at least two appointments are usually necessary before a denture can even be made for the patient. For patients receiving immediate dentures, additional denture relining appointments are strongly recommended during the healing period after extractions in order to adequately compensate for the gum and bone changes and provide a better fit with the denture for the patient. For more information on this topic, see detailed description under the dental service titled “denture relines.”
For every denture that we make for a patient, our goal is the same—to produce a denture with the best function, stability, and esthetics possible. Dentures can play a much bigger role than just chewing food and providing a nice smile for people. They can influence the way you pronounce words; they can provide a natural “stopping” point for your teeth if you don’t have natural teeth to provide that stop; they can even help shape the appearance of your cheekbones. If you have any questions about dentures, ask Dr. Street and his staff. They will be happy to help you!
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Dr. Scott Street and the team at T-Town Smiles are proud to be the local Tulsa Dentist serving families in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Oakhurst, Bixby, Glenpool and surrounding Tulsa communities.