Dentures - Complete & Partials
The professionals at Jon C. Packman DDS will help in fixing your dentures. Dentures are removable replacements for both missing teeth and their surrounding tissues. In our offices, we have two types of dentures available—complete dentures and partial dentures. We use complete denture for patients who are missing all their natural teeth, and partial dentures for patients with some natural teeth remaining.
These dentures can either be immediate or conventional. The conventional dentures are made after your teeth are extracted and the gum tissues have started to heal. This makes the dentures ready for placement in your mouth about 2 to 3 months after your teeth are extracted.
Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made early in advance, before your teeth are extracted. Our dentists then place the dentures as soon as they extract your teeth. With immediate dentures, you don’t have to worry about walking around without teeth. However, your gums and bone shrink with time, mainly as you heal after tooth removal.
The drawback of immediate dentures is that they need extra adjustments for them to fit well as you heal, something that doesn’t happen with conventional dentures. Therefore, you should use immediate dentures temporarily before we make your conventional dentures. It is important to note that our complete dentures can replace lower or upper jaw or even both.
Upper jaw dentures are held in place by the vacuum formed between the denture and your mouth’s palate. Lower jaw dentures resemble a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Since these dentures lack suction, we place an implant in your jaws to support and hold the dentures in place.
These dentures comprise of replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. This often joined together using a metal framework, which holds the dentures in place once they are in your mouth. We use a fixed bridge to replace one or more teeth. We place crowns on the adjacent teeth to the gap and then attach artificial teeth. Finally, we cement the bridge into place.
Partial dentures serve several purposes while in your mouth, they help to fill the spaces created by your missing teeth, and also prevent the remaining teeth from changing their position. Precision partial dentures are removable, and instead of using clasps they have internal attachments.
This process requires several appointments, and it also takes several weeks. Once our dentists determine the best denture for you, they follow these steps:
First, they make several jaw impressions and then measure how your jaws relate to each other and the space between them. Next, our specialists use our advanced dental technology to create wax forms, models, or plastic patterns, which should be in the exact position and shape the dentures need to be. We will require you to fit this mode severally and assess the denture for shape, fit and color before creating the final denture.
For more information about partial and complete dentures, call the experienced professionals here at Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 today!