These days, patients have more tooth replacement options than ever before. As prosthodontic specialists, we here at Central Dental Specialists specialize in both cutting-edge treatments and more traditional methods. One of our most common and conventional options is a removable denture. We offer both partial and complete removable dentures.
A partial denture typically consists of prosthetic teeth that attach to a pink or flesh-colored plastic base. This base, especially for the upper arch, looks similar to a conventional retainer. Most partials also have metal clasps that secure the restoration to the surrounding teeth.
If you are concerned with aesthetics, we may recommend precision attachments, which eliminate the need for the metal clasps. A traditional bridge may also be a suitable alternative. We typically recommend a partial denture as a minimally invasive and cost-effective solution for missing teeth.
A complete denture is designed to replace all the teeth in the upper or lower arch. There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. A conventional denture is fabricated once the healing process is complete following the extraction of any remaining teeth. An immediate denture is made in advance and placed the same day as your extractions. This ensures you do not go without teeth during the healing process.
It is important to note that an immediate denture is generally considered a temporary solution. We typically recommend a conventional denture once the gum tissues have completely healed. A conventional denture consists of a full arch of prosthetic teeth, set in an acrylic base.
The Denture Process
As with any restoration, the denture process begins with a consultation. Once you and Dr. Michael Stangler agree that a removable denture is right for you, we can begin treatment planning. Denture treatment typically takes a few weeks and several appointments.
In general, we begin treatment with a series of impressions. These impressions will be used to create a model of your mouth, which allows us to determine the exact shape and position of your denture. We may go through several models before we are satisfied with the look, shape, color, and fit of your new denture.
Once we have designed the ideal denture, we will begin the fabrication process and cast the final product. At the following appointment, we will place your new restoration. In some cases, we may need to make some last-minute adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.
Caring for Your Removable Denture
Maintaining a removable denture is a little different than a fixed appliance. There is typically a brief adjustment period as you get used to eating, speaking, and smiling with your new teeth. It is not unusual to experience some minor irritation or soreness during the first few weeks. Over time, these issues should diminish.
Be sure to remove and rinse your denture following a meal. It is also important to keep your denture moist at all times. If your appliance dries out, it may warp or become brittle. We recommend keeping your denture in water or a mild soaking solution overnight.
If this sounds like a lot, don’t panic. Dr. Michael Stangler will give you a detailed set of care instructions before you leave our office. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to give us a call. Our team is standing by to help you with all your denture needs.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may benefit from a removable denture! Call (781) 438-6618 to schedule a consultation today!