Full and Partial Dentures in Seattle, WA
Well-made, properly fitted dentures can mean the difference between being staying involved in life and shrinking back in embarrassment. Dr. Jayne and Dr. Kois have helped countless patients restore smiles that have been broken by missing and damaged teeth by replacing them with full or partial dentures. A denture or partial denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. These custom-made, inconspicuous replacement teeth look just like natural teeth and are carefully made to fit each individual patient’s mouth, allowing them to chew, speak and smile comfortably.
When are Dentures Recommended?
Drs. Jayne and Kois limit the fabrication of dentures and partial dentures to patients who require more comprehensive treatment. Full or partial dentures are typically recommended:
- When all or most teeth are missing (from tooth decay, gum disease or other factors)
- When most of the remaining teeth are in bad condition
- When the gums are healthy
What Should You Know about the Different Denture Types?
Dentures are usually fabricated from acrylic materials but may occasionally incorporate the use of other materials. Depending on the patient’s needs, full dentures, partial dentures or dentures placed over dental implants may be used.
Full dentures are used when all natural teeth need to be replaced. A full set of dentures includes upper dentures for replacement of the top row of teeth and lower dentures for the lower row.
Partial dentures are used to replace a portion of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a removable bridge that fits into the mouth and holds the entire structure comfortably in place.
There are several types of dentures that can be fabricated to fit over implant fixtures. These implant-supported dentures, or overdentures, fit securely over two or more dental implants, and can be easily snapped into place. The underlying dental implants provide the denture with strong support.
What is Involved in the Denture Placement Process?
There is typically a series of appointments necessary to complete a denture or partial denture. In addition to appointment time with Dr. Jayne or Dr. Kois, there needs to be adequate time in between each appointment to allow the laboratory time for precision fabrication. The number of necessary appointments may vary from patient to patient depending on individual needs and types of removable dentures being fabricated.
The denture placement process starts with the extraction of the few remaining natural teeth (for full dentures), after which the gums will need to heal (a process that can take weeks or months, depending on the amount of teeth extracted). Immediate dentures can be worn temporarily, to replace missing teeth as the permanent full or partial dentures are being made. Since the dentures are custom-made to fit each patient’s mouth, an impression will be made first and information involving tooth shape and color will be determined to achieve a proper look and fit. Once the dentures are made, the patient will come in for an office visit to check that they fit properly. The dentures will be adjusted from there, if and as needed.
What Can You Expect with Your New Dentures?
It’s normal for your new dentures to feel a bit awkward in your mouth for the first few days or weeks. You will get used to them in a short while, as your mouth muscles adapt to holding them in place as you speak and chew.
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for with adequate and regular cleaning, including daily brushing with a soft-bristled tooth brush and a non-abrasive cleaner. When not in use, they should be stored in a safe place and covered with water or a denture cleaning solution.
To learn more about the types of dentures offered at Jayne & Kois Dentistry, or to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jayne or Dr. Kois, contact our office today.