Dentures in North Central San Antonio
Types of Dentures
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after all the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes 4 to 6 weeks). During this time, the patient will not have any teeth.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and placed in the mouth after the teeth are removed. The patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing process, but once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made for proper fit.
Partial or Removable Dentures
Using metal attachments, removable or partial dentures are fastened to your natural teeth. They help maintain tooth alignment by preventing the other natural teeth from shifting out of position. These removable dentures may be manufactured from a variety of materials, such as acrylic, cast metal, and Valplast, to provide flexibility & adaptability.
Dentures are very durable and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. During the initial consultation, Dr. Lazor will examine the remaining natural teeth to determine if a complete or partial denture is needed. If teeth are removed, denture placement will be delayed while the gums heal, unless the patient opts for an immediate set.
Once the type has been determined, several highly accurate impressions and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, the dentist will adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
Proper Care for the New Dentures
Like natural teeth, dentures require daily brushing. Before sleep, dentures should be brushed and placed in a warm water bath or with special denture cleaning products to help keep them clean and well cared for. Just like our bodies need rest, the gum tissues do too, so don’t wear dentures continuously.
Proper cleaning, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will help your new dentures last for many years.