Complete and partial dentures in Maple Ridge, BC
A denture is a removable dental appliance used to replace missing teeth. Many patients opt for dental implants if only one tooth is missing, but dentures may be a viable option if most or all of the teeth are missing.
There are two kinds of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when the patients still has some of their natural teeth.
A Complete Denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made. Dentures are build strong and are made to last for many years, but adjustments may need to be made from time to time for the patient’s comfort.
A Partial Denture serves to fill in the spaces where the patient’s natural teeth used to be. Partial dentures can also help prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. Partial dentures generally consist of a bridge of teeth which are sometimes connected by metal wires or frames. The partial dentures bridges the gap between the remaining teeth and allows the patient to eat and speak with greater ease.
If you are missing multiple teeth, one of our gentle dentists at Coast Dental Centre can give you a thorough evaluation to see if you may be a good candidate for either complete or partial dentures. Contact us today for more information about complete and partial dentures.