Dentures are frames of false, removable teeth intended to replace lost teeth. Dentures can be either complete or partial replacements depending on the number of lost teeth, but they are always designed to restore a full, shining smile.
The most well-known dentures are complete dentures, which replace all teeth and come in conventional and immediate varieties. Conventional complete dentures will replace teeth two to three months after all teeth have been removed so that gums can heal; but this means wearers will be without teeth during their gum-healing period. Immediate complete dentures, on the other hand, are ready for placement immediately after teeth are removed; the drawback being required adjustments to the dentures since gums and bones shift during healing.
Partial dentures, in contrast to complete dentures, are designed to replace less than a full set of teeth. The bridge of partial dentures will contain artificial teeth in spots matched to the wearer’s missing natural teeth and will be held in place in the mouth using clasps that latch to the remaining natural teeth. However, if your remaining teeth are badly damaged, then Dr. Louis Migliazzo may recommend removing your teeth and opting for complete dentures rather than partial dentures.
There are many reasons why people lose teeth and need to get dentures: poor oral hygiene, infrequent dental visits, physical injury, smoking, acid reflux, diabetes, high blood pressure, advanced age, and more. If you have any missing teeth, complete or partial dentures might be right for you. Contact our office, Louis Migliazzo, DDS, in Tucson, Arizona, at 520-323-7550 to schedule an appointment now.