Dentures are used to replace teeth that are missing in the mouth. Dentures are common among elderly individuals, allowing them to speak with ease and smile with a full set of teeth. There are several types of dentures that Dr. Chan can provide patients, but each choice is dependent on what is right for the patient.
Complete dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. These dentures sit right on top of the gums and are placed after all teeth have been removed from the mouth. Once the final extraction has taken place, it will take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks before dentures can be placed. However, there is an option for immediate dentures that is offered to patients that qualify. These allow patients to get dentures placed on the same day that teeth are extracted.
Partial dentures are used when patients are not missing all of their teeth. A pink base that matches the color of the gums is attached to a piece of metal that holds the dentures in the mouth. These can be taken out whenever you want them out, and they prevent other teeth in the mouth from shifting out of place.
Implant-retained dentures are held in the mouth by titanium posts that have been surgically inserted into the jawbone. These posts allow the dentures to stay secure in the mouth once they are securely attached, restoring full function and allowing patients to eat and speak normally. With implant-retained dentures, you will have to remove them for cleaning, and it is not recommended to sleep with them in the mouth.
There are many more dentures, such as economy dentures and snap-in dentures that offer patients different options of how to wear them and how they feel in the mouth and function. Dr. Chan can go over all of these options with you in his dental office. He is an experienced dentist that can transform your smile and restore the function of teeth with dentures and implants as well as other treatments options that you may benefit from.