A denture is a removable prosthesis replacing some or all of the missing teeth in your dental arch. With our goal being to help our patients function as active, healthy, adults, tooth loss can be dramatically improved with dentures, as well as enhancing your appearance and well-being. The denture development process takes about three to six weeks, over several appointments. Once our Albany dentist, Dr. Geoffrey Edmunds, determines what type of appliance is best for you, measurements will be taken as well as a series of jaw impressions. From these impressions, models, wax forms, and plastic patterns will be made, in the exact shape and position of the denture. You will try this model on several times and the denture will be evaluated for color, shape, and fit before the final denture is cast.
Full dentures, conventional or immediate, are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth still remain. A conventional denture is ready to be placed inside your mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after your teeth have been removed, and when your gum tissue has begun to heal. Immediate dentures have been made in advance and can be positioned as soon as your teeth are removed. Our Albany dentist wants to be sure that you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you need to care for them as if they are. You should brush your dentures to remove food particles and plaque, before removing them. After they have been removed you should immediately place them into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Hot water may warp your dentures so should never be used. Your dentures are delicate, so handle with extra care and make sure you don’t drop them. Dentures can also be ruined by trying to adjust them yourself so you should always seek assistance from our Albany dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose. Dr. Edmunds, along with our dedicated staff, are committed to providing an outstanding, personalized patient experience each visit. We will work with you to guarantee that you make an informed decision as to whether dentures are best for you.