Did you know that dentures come in different varieties? Dentures can be either complete or partial replacements depending on the number of lost teeth, but they are always designed to restore a broad, cheerful smile.
When people hear the word “dentures,” the first thing that comes to mind is usually complete dentures, which replace all teeth. Complete dentures come in conventional and immediate variations. Conventional complete dentures will be installed 60–90 days after all teeth are pulled so that gums can heal; wearers will be without any dentures during their healing months. Immediate complete dentures are ready for installation right away after the teeth have been removed; the drawback being that dentures will need adjusting since gums and bones move around during healing.
Partial dentures are made to substitute only some of the wearer’s natural teeth. The bridge of partial dentures will contain new, artificial teeth in places corresponding to the wearer’s lost teeth and will be fixed in the mouth using latches that clasp to the wearer’s remaining natural teeth. If your remaining teeth are badly damaged, then Dr. Firoz Lalani may recommend pulling your remaining teeth and opting for complete dentures.
There are abundant reasons behind tooth loss and the subsequent need for dentures: poor oral hygiene, infrequent professional dental cleanings, physical accidents, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, advanced age, and more. If you are missing any of your natural teeth, complete or partial dentures might be a good fit for you. Call our office, A Dental Care, in Houston, Texas, to schedule an appointment.