What are full dentures? As we age, it's not uncommon to lose some or all of our natural teeth. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including decay, gum disease, or injury. When this occurs, dentures are often used as a replacement option.
Full dentures or complete dentures are a type of denture that replaces all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, or both. They are typically used when all of the teeth in a jaw have been lost and need to be replaced.
Partial dentures vs. full dentures
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while full dentures are used when all of the teeth need to be replaced. Partial dentures can be removable or fixed (cemented in place), while full dentures are always removable.
Types Of Full Dentures
There are three kinds of full dentures:
- Conventional complete dentures: These dentures are developed after the removal of teeth and when the gum tissue has been cured. It typically takes several weeks for the gums to heal completely, during which time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate complete dentures: These are made in advance and can be placed immediately after the teeth are removed. This type of denture does have some disadvantages, such as the fact that they may not fit as well since the gum tissue is still swollen and has not had a chance to heal completely. Additionally, they will need to be relined or replaced once the tissue has healed.
- Flexible full dentures: These are made of a softer, more flexible material that conforms better to the contours of the mouth. They are less likely to irritate and are more comfortable to wear than traditional dentures.
The process of getting complete dentures generally consists of the following steps:
- Consultation and examination: During your initial consultation, your dentist will assess your mouth and jaw to determine if complete dentures are the best option for you. They will also discuss the different types of dentures and what to expect during the treatment process.
- Tooth removal: If you opt for complete dentures, your dentist will need to remove any remaining natural teeth. This can be done in one visit or multiple visits, depending on the number of teeth that need to be removed.
- Taking impressions: Once the teeth have been removed, your dentist will take dental impressions of your mouth to create a model of your teeth. This model will be used to create your dentures.
- Try-in appointment: Once your dentures are ready, you will have a try-in appointment where you will try them on for the first time. This is to ensure that they fit properly and that you are happy with the appearance.
- Final fitting: After any necessary adjustments have been made, you will have your final fitting appointment where you will receive your permanent dentures.