Complete dentures are a type of dental prosthetic used to replace all of a patient’s natural teeth. They are typically made from acrylic resin, and are designed to fit securely over the gums and jawbone to restore the appearance and function of the teeth.
Complete dentures can be either conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gums have healed, which usually takes several months. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made in advance and can be placed immediately after the teeth are removed, allowing the patient to have teeth during the healing process.
The process of getting complete dentures typically involves several appointments with a dentist or prosthodontist. During the first appointment, the dentist will take impressions of the patient’s gums and jawbone to create a model of the mouth. This model is used to create a set of custom-fit dentures that are designed to fit comfortably and securely in the mouth.
Once the dentures have been fabricated, the dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit. The patient may need to return for additional adjustments as the gums and jawbone heal and adjust to the dentures.
Complete dentures can take some time to get used to, and patients may experience some discomfort or difficulty speaking and eating at first. However, with proper care and maintenance, complete dentures can last for several years and provide a natural-looking and functional replacement for missing teeth. It is important to clean and care for the dentures properly, as well as to schedule regular check-ups with a dentist or prosthodontist to ensure a proper fit and prevent any oral health problems.