Since the beginning of our relationship with a patient, our best recommendation is to follow basic hygiene habits that will help to enjoy a happy and healthy smile: brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly. However, there are situations in which an adult is missing teeth for a variety of reasons. This can be caused for periodontal disease or teeth decay, and it would probably lead to difficulty chewing, speaking and behaving confident in a social setting. Dentures are an alternative in some situations and your dentist will help you to find out if they are appropriate for you. They can be complete or partial.

The latter are also known as removable bridges. Removable bridges or partial dentures: This alternative can be used when the patient has lost some teeth, but there are still natural teeth remaining. Commonly, a partial denture consists of a metal framework attached to your natural teeth or implants. This metal framework functions as a skeleton that support a gum-colored plastic base, where the replacement teeth are attached. Complete or Full Dentures: In the case of full loss of teeth or the need to remove them in the upper, lower or both jaws, your dentist can suggest the use of a complete or full denture.

Similar to partial dentures, they are a removable option. Technology today, allows dental professionals to manufacture dentures that are more comfortable to wear and with a more natural appearance. However, you need to take in consideration that dentures are not as comfortable as natural teeth, there is going to be an adjustment period and you will need to follow your dentist instructions, in order to get the best of this procedure. Dentures are a less expensive alternative to dental implants. Complete dentures can be conventional or immediate. The conventional are manufactured by your dentist after the teeth have been removed and there is a waiting period before the denture can be wear. You need to allow some time for the gum to be healed; this waiting period usually range within 8 to 12 weeks. The other alternative of complete dentures is the immediate. This type is pre-fabricated by the dentist previous to the removal of the teeth. The advantage is that you do not need to wait a long period of time to place the denture. An immediate denture is not meant to be used permanently, instead is a temporarily solution.