What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable, artificial tooth replacements that our Lethbridge dentists use to replace missing teeth. They allow patients to preserve their face structure, eat properly and speak well.
Types of Dentures
Whether you need dentures to replace one missing tooth, a row of teeth or a whole jaw, there are four types of dentures:
- Full Dentures
Full dentures replace a full jaw's worth of teeth; either the upper jaw or the lower jaw.
- Partial Dentures
Partial dentures replace either one missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth in a row. They are much like dental bridges, except that they are removable instead of fixed.
- Conventional Dentures
Your dentist will fit these dentures once your gums have healed after your teeth have been extracted. This healing process takes about 4 to 6 weeks.
- Immediate Dentures
Immediate dentures are made in advance so they can be fitted right after the teeth are extracted. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to the dentures once the gums have healed.
Why replace missing teeth?
If the gap left by missing teeth is not filled, the surrounding teeth may eventually shift out of position and into the gap. The supporting jaw bone may also begin to deteriorate, resulting in a condition called facial collapse.
If you are missing all or some of your natural teeth, dentures are an affordable option for replacing them. However, you may also want to discuss dental bridges or dental implants with your dentist.