Restore your Smile with Dentures in Gainesville, GA
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full (Complete) dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.
Types of Dentures
Below you can learn more about the different types of dentures that are available for smile restoration.
Complete Dentures (Full Dentures) are used in restorative dentistry when all the teeth are missing.
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Partial Dentures are a dental restoration procedure that is used when some natural teeth remain.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) dental bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them.
This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.
A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance and is often the most desirable among patients needing dentures.
Get Comfortable, Naturally Looking Dentures in Gainesville
If you’d like to learn more about dentures and restoring oral function, feel free to set an appointment at Hawkins Family Dental by calling (770)-536-1229 or by contacting us online.