Dental Dentures In Waterloo

A denture is a removable device designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures, complete and partial. A complete denture replaces all of your teeth, while a partial denture is used when some natural teeth are still present.

Complete Dentures

There are two types of complete dentures, conventional or immediate.  Typically a conventional denture can be placed 8-12 weeks after the extraction of all teeth, whereas an immediate denture can be pre-fabricated and placed soon after the teeth are extracted.

Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are extracted. This way, patients do not have to go without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period. Therefore, a disadvantage of immediate dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing period process. Generally, immediate dentures should be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures are made.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture or bridge usually consists of artificial replacement teeth and a pink or gum-coloured plastic base. These are connected by a metal framework which holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth are still intact in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed permanent bridge consists of placing crowns on teeth that are on either side, and attaching artificial teeth in between them.