Dentures & Partial Dentures

If you didn’t know already, dentures are made to be a removable dental appliance for your missing teeth and tissue.  The team at Montgomery Dentistry closely matches the dentures to your teeth for a natural appearance and enhancement of your smile!

The two options for dentures are “complete” and “partial.”  Complete dentures are used to replace a mouth that is missing all teeth.  Partial dentures are used for mouths missing some teeth, but not all.

A wonderful feature of partial dentures is that they help maintain current tooth alignment and keep your natural teeth from shifting.

Complete dentures give additional choices of either “conventional” or “immediate.”  Conventional complete dentures are made only after all remaining natural teeth have been removed and the tissue has had four to six weeks of healing.  It is understood that during this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures, however, are for patients who want their dentures made in advance so that they can be instantly placed after the natural teeth have been removed.  The disadvantage of this choice is that once the tissue has healed and shrank, follow-up adjustments will be required.

Dentures are made for long-term use and are known to be very durable.  As with all dental appliances, however, dentures may require repair, adjustments, or even replacement in the future due to everyday wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete or partial tooth loss
  • Enhance ability to speak, chew, and properly digest food
  • Increase health of facial tissues
  • Gives a confident smile!

How Are Dentures Placed?

Many appointments over several weeks are required to receive dentures.  The team at Montgomery Dentistry will make impressions and measurements of the inside of your mouth so we can create the most comfortable dentures imaginable!  To accomplish this goal, many appointments for fittings might be required to ensure the best fit, shape, and color.  During the last appointment, your dentist will adjust and place the completed dentures, making sure you are 100% satisfied with them before you leave.

A few initial side-effects are associated with dentures, but will gradually go away over time.  These include soreness, increased saliva, and sometimes difficulty with speaking and chewing.  As your muscles and surrounding tissues adjust to the dentures, you will find these effects to become less of an issue.