What are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are removable sets (or “plates”) of teeth that replace all the teeth in the jaw. Different kinds of full dentures are upper, lower or both.
An immediate denture is a denture that is made in advance of teeth removal, and can be placed at the same visit the teeth are removed. The advantage is that the individual does not have to be without teeth while their gums are healing. After 8-12 weeks, a process called “reline” is performed where denture material is added to the internal surface of the denture to compensate for bone and gum shrinkage.
Why are Full Dentures Used?
While dental implants are fast becoming an alternative to dentures, not everyone is a candidate for implants. It is important that you consult your dentist about which option is best for you.
- Impressions, or molds, are taken.
- The bite is measured.
- The teeth in the jaw are removed.
- Minor surgery may be needed to properly shape the jaw bone.
- The denture is placed.