For those dealing with missing teeth, a denture or partial denture is an excellent option. A denture is simply a removable replacement for teeth that have gone missing due to disease, injury or trauma. The two different types of dentures available today are complete and partial. As the name implies, complete dentures are most appropriate for those who have lost all of their teeth. Conversely, partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are still intact.
Complete dentures fall into two categories either immediate or conventional. A conventional type denture is made after any remaining teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has had time to completely heal. Once this has been accomplished, conventional dentures can be placed as necessary. In most instances the time between having teeth removed and placing the final dentures can be about 12 weeks. Different than conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance so that there is no delay once teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures offer the advantage of allowing patients to not have to go without teeth for any period of time.
One disadvantage of immediate dentures is that the bones and gums will shrink over time as the healing period progresses. As a result, immediate dentures will typically require more adjustments so that they fit properly during and after the healing process. Most dental care providers today offer immediate dentures as a temporary solution while conventional dentures are more long-term in nature. A partial denture is like a bridge and consists of replacement teeth that are anchored to existing natural teeth. A bridge or partial denture is usually cemented into place while there are removable options as well. Contact your dentist in Pinole, Dr. Hosseini at Top Pinole Dental today for more information on dentures and partial dentures.