Dentures 101

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Think you know all there is to know about dentures? Did you know that depending on the number of teeth to replace, dentures can be either complete or partial?

When you read “dentures,” did you think of complete dentures? Complete dentures replace all teeth and come in two main varieties: conventional and immediate. Conventional complete dentures are installed between two and three months post-teeth removal so that gums can settle; patients will have no false teeth during gum-settling. Immediate complete dentures can be ready for same-day placement, but they will need adjusting since gums and bones shift during healing and gum-setting.

Partial dentures are designed to replace less than a full set of teeth. Bridges of partial dentures hold false teeth in spots matching the wearer’s missing teeth and will be secured in the mouth with fasteners that hold to the wearer’s remaining teeth. Dr. Samuel Lambrecht may suggest tooth removal and opt for complete dentures if any of your remaining original teeth are badly damaged.

The culprits behind tooth loss are many: lack of good oral hygiene habits, visiting the dentist’s office too infrequently, physical accidents, tobacco use, high blood pressure, diabetes, advanced age, and more. If you’re wondering whether dentures could be right for you, call our office, Orangeburg Dental Associates, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, at 803-534-1020 to schedule an appointment now. We’re excited to help restore your smile!