Losing a tooth or several teeth can be upsetting. Losing an entire teeth line, be it top, bottom, or both, can be devastating. It can affect your ability to eat properly, distort your speech, and destroy your self-confidence. Dentures and partial dentures can rectify all of these problems.
Dentures are a removable replacement for your missing teeth. When all your teeth are missing or have to be removed, full dentures will be the only option.
Depending on your immediate needs you will be able to choose between two types of dentures: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are an option if you want to give your gums a chance to recover after the removal surgery. The healing process can take several months, leaving you without teeth for that time, which is somewhat impractical. However, if you have the patience to endure this period, your conventional denture will fit immediately, with little or no adjustment required.
Immediate dentures are made well, immediately, if your preference is not to go without teeth during the healing period. Your dentist will take measurements in advance, so when the teeth are removed the dentures can be fitted straight away. The downside of this is that bones and gum change and shrink over time as your gums heal. This means that you will have to go for regular readjustments to tighten the immediate dentures to avoid them slipping.
In situations where only a section of your teeth have to be removed, partial dentures can be used to fill the gap. Unlike a bridge which is a permanently fixture, partial dentures are removable. They usually consist of gum-colored plastic base which holds the replacement teeth. In some cases it is connected by metal framework which makes sure your partial denture is snug and secure in your mouth.
If you need to remove some or all of your teeth and are dreading the moment, it is not as bleak as you might think. Call your dentist to review your options. If you act quickly and decisively, your smile does not have to falter even for a day.