Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth on the lower jaw, upper jaw or both.
They restore the chewing function, the speech and the shape of the face after the loss of the teeth.
There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial.
Partial dentures only fill the spaces where there are no teeth, allowing for the remaining natural teeth to stay. They are usually attached to the natural teeth with specific attachments.
Complete or full dentures, however, replace all the teeth. They are made when there have no teeth remaining. Dentures can be installed immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth or after a healing period of about 6 to 8 weeks.
The manufacturing and instalment of dentures take approximately a month followed by minor adjustments that may be necessary. During the first few weeks after the procedure, it is recommended that you wear your denture constantly. Although this can be an uncomfortable experience, it is the best and quickest way to determine if any adjustments need to be made. Soft foods are recommended along with chewing on both sides to best measure the level of comfort while wearing dentures.