What are Dentures?
Whether from disease, malnutrition or genetic disorders, sometimes it is not possible for us to restore a patient’s natural teeth and extraction is necessary. While this can be devastating, dentures, or prosthetic teeth, can provide a second chance at a beautiful smile.
Benefits of Dentures
Having complete dentures can help patients with missing teeth chew food and improve their speech, as well as support their facial structure. With immediate dentures, you can have a full set of teeth while you are waiting for your gums and bone to heal after having teeth removed. The healing process can take up to six months, so immediate dentures are a great alternative during that time.
Sometimes, complete dentures are not necessary. Partial dentures can replace a string of missing teeth. They are secured to your remaining teeth with clasps. The dentist will try to maintain your teeth as long as possible, however many times there is no other option.
Am I a good candidate For Dentures?
Our doctors at Ridgeview Family Dental have a combined total of over 20 years experience making dentures and will take every step to make them as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for good fitting dentures. We will take each patient’s unique concerns into consideration at the initial consultation appointment.
During the first appointment, the dentist will take a full mouth panoramic x-ray. This will determine the health and condition of the bone, to ensure that it can properly support the denture. It will also include an oral cancer screening. Our denture process is not a quick one. In most cases, it will take approximately 4-6 weeks from start to finish to reach our final goal. We will take every necessary step to make sure that your results are at the highest level possible. No matter which kind of dentures you choose, you can be assured to receive natural-looking dentures that match your facial structure and desired tooth shape and color.
Types of Dentures
There are two different options when it comes to dentures. Your dentist can let you know which one is more suitable to your needs and expectations. The different options are:
- Complete Denture
- Interim Denture and Complete Denture
A complete denture is a high quality, permanent denture that is made after all the tissues have healed. While this is the most cost effective denture option, it does require the patient to be without natural teeth or dentures for 6 months during the healing process. After the removal of natural teeth, the gum tissues and bone will shrink and change as they heal. Allowing the gum tissues and bone to heal before making the dentures ensures that the dentist can create the best fitting denture for the patient.
Complete Denture Process
- Extract all teeth
- Wait 6 months for healing
- Impressions for complete denture
Pros: Best fitting denture due to heal time. Most cost effective for the patient.
Cons: The patient will have no teeth or denture for 6 months while healing. There will be no back-up denture.
Interim Denture and Complete Denture
An interim denture is also referred to as a temporary or healing denture. This denture is made with lesser quality materials, as it is only meant to be worn during the 6 month healing time. This allows for the patient to walk out of the office with a denture the same day the teeth are removed. As in option 2, a soft, in office, reline will be placed approximately 3 months after the extractions. After 6 months of healing, rather than placing a hard reline in the denture, a new complete denture is made.
This option allows for the best of both worlds. The patient is able to have a denture during the healing process but also have the best fitting, high quality denture made after healing is complete. This option also gives the patient a “back-up” denture. The interim denture can be kept as a backup if the complete denture ever requires repair. Wearing the Interim denture for the 6 months also allows the patient to see what he or she may like or dislike about the color of teeth, shape of teeth, etc. Any concerns or dislikes that the patient may have can then be corrected when the complete denture is made.
Interim Denture & Complete Denture Process
- Extract posterior teeth and wait 2-6 weeks for healing
- Impressions for interim denture(s)
- Extract remaining teeth and deliver interim denture
- Soft reline in-office at no charge
- Impressions for complete denture(s) – 6 months after extractions.
Pros: The patient will have the interim denture placed the same day as extractions. Rather than placing a reline in the immediate denture to make it fit the healed tissues, a brand new complete denture will be made. The patient will then have the interim denture(s) as a back-up if their complete denture should ever break, get lost, etc.
Cons: Most out of pocket cost for patient.
Schedule an Appointment
We would love to discuss your options! Please call 660-747-9117 to make an appointment. Ridgeview Family Dental serves Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City and surrounding areas. Thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg, Oak Grove and Windsor.