By replacing missing teeth, dentures can return confidence to your smile, improve your speech and ability to eat, and support your facial muscles. You can choose full dentures, which replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, or partial dentures, which simply replace a few missing teeth.
There is a lot to consider when you require dentures. It’s best to discuss your options and individual needs with a dentist who can walk you through what your dentures are made of, whether to get full or partial dentures, and when your dentures will be ready.
Full dentures replace the entire upper or lower arch of your teeth. Made out of acrylic, they can be customised to have the appearance you desire. Full dentures can be placed immediately after the removal of teeth or some weeks after your teeth have been taken out.
While having dentures right away is appealing, there are benefits to delayed dentures as they give your jaw bone time to heal and remodel following tooth removal. Immediate or existing dentures may need to be realigned for a better fit.
Partial dentures can be made out of either acrylic or a metal framework. Sometimes, a hybrid of acrylic and metal framework may be necessary. It’s important that all existing teeth are examined by a dentist to ensure they are healthy prior to having partial dentures made.
Choosing the best dentures for you is an important and individual decision. Book a consultation at one of our two dental clinics at Duncan Dental in Tauranga and we’ll discuss your specific needs, talk through the advantages and disadvantages and help you decide which option is best for you.