For people who are missing teeth, or those who need to have their teeth pulled for whatever reason, a new set of dentures can literally improve their quality of life. Thanks to modern dental technology, today’s dentures are durable, comfortable dental appliances designed to last for many years. At Live Oak Family Dental Care, we understand how important good-fitting dentures are for people who need them, which is why we are pleased to offer dentures as one of the many services we provide to our patients from in Leander, Texas.
Important Information about Dentures
Generally speaking, there are two types of dentures available: complete sets and partials. Partials are designed for people who are missing just a few teeth. These durable appliances are made of one or more artificial teeth set in a metal frame that fits snugly over adjoining existing teeth. Typically, partial dentures can be removed by the patient for cleaning purposes.
What You Need to Know about Dentures
Complete sets of dentures are designed for people who are missing all of their teeth, or for those that need to have their teeth removed for some reason. If you need to have your teeth extracted, there are two types of dentures available to you after the extraction procedure:
Full Dentures: The patient is fitted with conventional dentures after all teeth are removed and the gum tissue has completely healed.
Immediate full dentures: The patient is fitted with this type of denture immediately after his or her teeth are extracted. The advantage with an immediate full denture is that the patient doesn’t have to live without teeth while the gum tissue heals. The disadvantage is that these dentures will require relining at some point as the gum and bone tissue changes shape to a certain degree during the healing process.
The Durability of Dentures
Both full and partial dentures are intended to last for many years. However, they do require adjusting from time to time. Dr. Argandona recommends that patients with dentures visit her office once a year to ensure that the appliances are fitting properly.