Full and Partial Dentures
What is a denture?
A denture is an oral prosthetic device designed to replace missing teeth. Conventional dentures are removable and may be full (replacing all teeth in the upper or lower jaw) or partial (used when some natural teeth remain in either jaw). These are further divided into maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) categories. Dentures are shaped to mimic your natural teeth and bite as closely as possible and are traditionally held in place both by the suction created by the denture’s shape and the anatomy of your bone and tissue. Partial dentures are often built on a metal framework hooked onto existing teeth to keep the partial in position.
How long does it take to get a denture?
Creating and fitting a conventional denture is multiple appointment procedures. A conventional denture can be placed approximately eight to twelve weeks after the teeth being replaced have been extracted, to allow the site time to heal. There are dentures that can be placed more immediately, but they will require more adjustment as the mouth heals and changes shape following any necessary extractions. The process for a denture is typical as follows:
The History of Dentures
Dentures have been around since at least 700 B.C. when the Etruscans in northern Italy were making dentures out of human and other animal teeth. Though not very durable, these were easy to produce and remained popular into the 19th century. Wood, gold, ivory and various other materials were commonly found in dentures through these centuries as well, as in George Washington’s infamous false teeth. The first porcelain dentures were crafted in the late 18th century, and the 20th century saw the first use of acrylic resins and other plastics, which remain the popular material today.
Is there an alternative solution for missing teeth?
Dental implants are an effective alternative to dentures. Implants are durable, safe, and a beautiful way of replacing missing teeth. To find out more about how they work, and whether or not you are a good candidate for them, visit our dental implant page.