Dentures are prosthetic devices which replace missing teeth.  There are partial dentures and full dentures.  They can be fixed or removable.  Which one you get depends on several factors, including the condition of the gum and bone.  There are many choices these days with implants, bonding, and other methods of utilizing dentures.

Man-with-denturesWhen you lose teeth, your appearance changes.  Loss of most or all of your teeth cause facial muscles to sag, making you look much older.  Complete dentures replace natural teeth.  They also provide support for your cheeks and lips, which in turn creates a more youthful appearance.

The base of your denture is made from gum-colored acrylic plastic.  The upper denture base covers the roof of your mouth.  The lower denture base sits on the dental ridge of your lower gum and is held in place by a thin film of saliva.  The muscles of your cheeks and your tongue also help keep the denture in place.

Types of Complete Dentures

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Conventional

This denture is placed in your mouth after teeth have been removed and your gum tissue has completely healed.  Healing may take several months, during which time you will be without teeth.

Immediate

This denture is placed in the mouth as soon as your teeth are removed.  Although you have your full smile right away, you may experience discomfort until the gum tissue heals.

Implant dentures

The newest, most modern way to wear dentures is through attachment to dental implants.  Titanium posts are attached directly to the jaw bone after the teeth are removed.  The typical time frame for completion of implants is a minimum of five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw.  The denture itself is worn fitted over the posts (ball-retained dentures) or is clipped to a thin metal bar attached to the implants (bar-retained dentures).  Your dentist will discuss which method is best for you.  Implant dentures are removable, like traditional dentures.  It is important to remove and clean the denture and the implant posts thoroughly every night.

NCD provides lightweight, durable and aesthetically pleasing dentures that look and feel natural.  We’ll help you decide what works best for you and your lifestyle.  Call us today!