Whether from disease, malnutrition, genetic disorders or an accident, it is occasionally necessary for patients to have some or all of their teeth extracted. Dentures are removable appliances created to replace missing teeth. With a range of options (full dentures, partial dentures, flippers), it is a good choice for restoring your smile and reinforcing your ability to chew evenly and speak naturally. For ill-fitting dentures, there are several procedures, ranging from implants to lab relines, available to correct fit and function.
A complete denture refers to the replacement of all the teeth in a dental arch. It can be inserted either of two ways. It can be inserted some weeks after the extraction sites and other surgical procedures have had a chance to heal, or as an “immediate” denture placed the same day the last remaining teeth are extracted. Although an immediate denture offers the advantage of not having to go without teeth for any length of time, it can require multiple adjustments as the tissues remodel and heal following dental extractions or other surgical procedures.