Dentures are a restoration option for those who are looking to replace lost or missing teeth. Dentures are removable sets of false teeth and can be used to replace entire arches of teeth or just a few missing teeth. Many people assume that dentures are just a natural part of the aging process, but this doesn’t need to be the case. It’s entirely possible for you to keep your natural teeth forever, if you practice good oral hygiene, visit the dentist regularly, and take precautions against gum disease.

Types of Dentures

There are two main types of dentures – complete dentures, for when you’re missing all of your teeth, and partial dentures, for when you’re only missing a section of teeth.

Complete Dentures are sets of false teeth that will cover the upper and/or lower jaws. Complete dentures are for those who are missing all of their natural teeth. Your dentures will be made specifically for you, in order to ensure a natural, comfortable look and feel.

Complete dentures come in two different types:

  • Conventional dentures will be made for you in a dental lab once all of your teeth have been taken out and your gums have begun the healing process. Unfortunately, if you go with conventional dentures, you will need to go without your teeth or dentures while the lab is creating them. This process can take between 8-12 weeks.
  • Immediate dentures will be created for you in a dental lab before all of your teeth have been taken out. Once your teeth have been removed you will be able to immediately begin wearing the dentures. You won’t need to go without teeth or dentures for the 8-12 weeks like you would with conventional dentures, however there is a downside. As your gums and bones heal from the tooth removal, they will change and shrink. As these changes take place, you will need to come in and have the dentures adjusted to ensure a proper fit.

Partial Dentures are for people who haven’t lost all of their teeth and still have some natural teeth remaining. Partial dentures are made of an acrylic base, which has artificial teeth and gums attached. They are kept in place in your mouth with metal clasps or clips, in order to prevent slipping.

Dr. Renee Shepherd will be able to address any questions or concerns you may have about your dentures. Please call Longmont Dental & Orthodontics, located in Longmont, CO in order to set up an appointment!