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A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and could enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while 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.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been lost or removed and the gum tissue has healed, this usually takes 4-6 weeks. Immediate dentures are made ahead of time and immediately placed into the mouth after teeth are removed. Once the tissues heal, adjustments will have to be made for a proper fit.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last for many years, but they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear and tear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete Denture- Loss of all teeth in the arch.
  • Partial Denture- Loss of several teeth in the arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial structure.
  • Improving speech, chewing, and digestion.

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