Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. Unlike dental implants and dental bridges, which are more or less permanently affixed to the bone, dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to a supporting structure. Dentures can be removed at night, for cleaning, or whenever desired.
Full dentures are for those patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both. Full dentures restore confidence in one’s appearance, and help the wearer to speak and eat normally.
Conventional dentures are those that are made once the bones and gums have healed after the removal of all natural teeth (usually within 3 to 4 weeks).
Immediate dentures, as the name implies, are placed as soon as the natural teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the patient will not do without his or her teeth. However, since healing of the gums and jaw will change the fit of immediate dentures, the patient will typically need a new set in about six months.
For those who have lost some teeth, but don’t want to get dental implants or bridges, partial dentures are an affordable option. Removable partial dentures are held in place by natural teeth, gums, and a connective structure made of plastic or nylon.
For those who want more stable and comfortable denture alternatives, dental implants and dental bridges may be an option. Implants are similar to dentures, in that they are prosthetic teeth used. Although they can never be a replacement for your natural teeth, our dentists have kept up with the latest advances in denture construction.
What makes a denture most stable is to coordinate stable jaw positions with the positioning of the denture teeth. Our dentists have taken the time necessary to master those techniques, making denture fit and function more predictable and comfortable. Dr. Lim can help you decide if either of these denture alternatives is better suited to your individual needs.