Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth and their surrounding tissues. Custom dentures are made to resemble your own teeth and give you a natural (and possibly even improved) smile.
Two types of dentures can be made: either complete or partial dentures. A complete denture is used if all of the teeth are missing, while a partial denture may be the right solution when some natural teeth remain. With a partial denture, spaces between missing teeth are filled in, and it also prevents your existing teeth from shifting.
Two types of complete dentures are: conventional or immediate. The conventional complete denture is made for you about four to six weeks after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has sufficiently healed. The disadvantage of a conventional complete denture is that during this healing time, you go without any teeth.
Conversely, immediate complete dentures are made ahead of time and are placed right away when your teeth have been removed. The advantage of immediate dentures over conventional dentures is that you do not have to go without teeth during the four to six week healing time.
After sufficient healing and subsequent shrinking of the gums, Dr. Hwang will make any necessary adjustments to your dentures.
Dentures are made to stand up to lots of wear-and-tear and can last many years, but over time, they may need to be repaired, adjusted or even remade.