Dentures are removable and can be full or partial.
Dentures not only replace missing teeth, they replace the surround tissue. Patients may need dentures for a variety of reasons including: tooth loss, tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.
Complete dentures come in two forms: immediate and conventional.
Immediate Full Dentures
Dr. Wells also offers immediate full dentures which are inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. We take measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
However, since these dentures cannot be fit as well as conventional dentures, we recommend them only as a temporary solution until traditional dentures can be fitted and put in place. This process generally takes about eight to twelve weeks.
Conventional Full Dentures
Our South Charlotte Office offers conventional full dentures. This type of denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
First, we measure and make impressions of our patients’ jaws, and see how they fit together. Next, we make exact replicas of the denture for the patient in order to ensure the best possible color, shape and fit. Then, we cast the final denture. Once it is in place, we make adjustments as necessary.
Many patients find eating and speaking to be a bit awkward after a new denture is put in, but with a little practice, our patients get back to normal in short order. If eating and speaking continue to be awkward or difficult, patients should schedule an appointment to have the denture checked and readjusted if necessary.