DENTURES & PARTIAL DENTURES
Dentures are removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
At Horizon Dental Care we specialize in creating custom, comfortable and handcrafted dentures in our professional, in-house Denture Laboratory.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures.
- Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing.
- Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either "conventional" or "immediate."
- Conventional type denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth.
- Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. At Horizon Dental Care we offer same day repairs (in most cases), partials with no clasps or with tooth colored clasps, and personalized, worry-free, comfortable dentistry.
- Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
- Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
- Restores smile and fills facial tissues.
- Improves chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Alleviates jaw pain, headaches and other side effects caused by worn teeth, or from broken, worn-out, or ill-fitting existing dentures.
- The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks for gum healing if there are extractions, lab time and adjustments. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several "try-in" appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.
- At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
- It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
- You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.