Dentures are removable tooth replacements for those with missing teeth and gums. Full dentures are recommended when the patient is missing all of his or her teeth, and partial dentures are for those who still have some natural teeth remaining.
There are two different kinds of complete dentures:
Conventional Dentures – With conventional dentures, a custom denture is made for you once all of your teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal itself. With this option, your dentures will be created and ready to wear within 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Immediate Dentures – If you’re receiving immediate dentures, the dentures will be created for your mouth in advance and will be available to wear as soon as your teeth have been removed. The benefit of this method is that you won’t have to be without teeth for 8-12 weeks, but the downside is that as the mouth heals from the tooth removal, you may find that your dentures become a little loose. This means that you’ll have more visits to our office to adjust your dentures to achieve the perfect fit.
Partial dentures are replacement teeth for any group of missing teeth in the mouth, while some natural teeth remain. The artificial teeth are attached to gum-colored bases and worn in the mouth to achieve a more natural look. There are a few different types of partial dentures, all of which Dr. Nora Balota will discuss with you depending on your specific needs, goals, and budget. For example, some partial dentures include a metal framework that clips to your remaining teeth, or it may have precision attachments, which are less noticeable.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DENTURES
Once your dentures have been placed, it’s important for you to remember that they may feel a little foreign at first. It can sometimes be difficult for our mouths to adjust to foreign objects! However, the muscles in your cheeks and tongue will learn how to keep your dentures in place and before you know it, your dentures will just be second nature.
For information about dentures, or to make an appointment with Dr. Balota, please contact Balota Family Dentistry today. Our office is located in Colorado Springs, CO. We serve the communities of Colorado Springs, Northwest Colorado Springs, West Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, and surrounding areas. Find a local dentist near me today!