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Dentures

With today’s dental technology, you have multiple options to replace missing teeth, including conventional full or partial dentures. At Dickey Dental we pride ourselves on the quality of our dentures. We focus on making the entire process as seamless as possible for you before the procedure as well as helping you adjust to life after it.

If you already have dentures, the way they fit your mouth may worsen over time.  We also perform denture and partial relines to help you get more life out of your current dentures.

The right kind of dentures for you will depend on your situation. There is no one-size-fits-all option. Factors such as the number of teeth you have and even the amount of time you will need the dentures to determine the right choice for you.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is the right choice for someone who still has some teeth left. Partial dentures are held in place by an acrylic base which is colored to match your gums. A metallic clasp is used to attach this base and keeps the dentures from falling out.  If you already have bridgework, a precision attachment partial denture can be attached to the existing bridge.

If you only have a few teeth missing, then a partial denture is a smart alternative to dental implants. Unlike an implant, which is permanently fixed in your mouth, a partial denture is removable.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures, on the other hand, are appropriate if you have lost all of your teeth in your upper or lower jaw. They contain a full set of teeth attached to an acrylic base which then rests on your gums.

If you recently had all of your teeth removed, you’ve probably heard your doctor mention immediate and conventional dentures. This is because when you get your teeth removed, your gums take a lot of damage and need time to recover.

However, as they heal, your gums will begin to change shape because there are no teeth to support them anymore. The entire process of healing the gums can take anywhere between 6-8 months. Since dentures must be molded to the shape of your gums, you will need to wait until you are entirely healed to get permanent dentures.

Immediate Dentures

However, you don’t have to go without a pair of teeth for that long! Dentists will often create a pair of immediate dentures you can use while your gums heal. Though immediate dentures are meant only for short-term use, they act as a kind of bandage for your bleeding gums, helping them heal faster.

immediate dentures will generally fit you well for only about three to six months. After this, you will have to change your dentures either to a conventional pair or another set of immediate dentures. Usually, by the time you have outgrown the immediate dentures, your gums should be ready for the conventional kind.

Whether you need partial, full, or immediate dentures – or simply need your current dentures relined for a better fit – Dickey Dental Office in Rock Hill, SC,  has you covered. Book an appointment for an examination, and our caring professionals will go over your denture options.