Dentures have been around a lot longer than you may think. In fact, some of the earliest dentures were worn as far back as 700 BC! Fortunately, dental technology has advanced a lot since that time. Today’s modern dentures are more comfortable and secure-fitting than ever. If you’re a Victoria, TX, dental patient who is missing a few teeth, or if you need to have your teeth extracted for whatever reason, talk to Dr. Rivera about all the advantages of modern-day dentures.
Two Types of Dentures
Most of us are familiar with the two general types of dentures: partial and complete. But there are other distinctions between dentures that you may not be familiar with: conventional and immediate. People who have already lost their teeth and have gum tissue that is completely healed are fitted with conventional dentures. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, were developed for people who need to have their teeth extracted and don’t want to wait until their gums heal before they can be fitted with dentures. Immediate dentures are provided for patients right after their teeth are removed. The obvious advantage is that there’s no need to live without teeth while the gum tissue heals. But patients should know that immediate dentures usually have to be relined after the initial fitting, since gum tissue changes shape as it heals.
A Word about Partial Dentures
Dr. Rivera wants to remind his patient that it’s very important to replace missing teeth. If you choose to simply live without one or more teeth, your other teeth will shift inside your mouth to fill in the gap left behind. That can throw off your bite and create a host of other dental problems. Partial dentures are one good way to replace missing teeth, but there are other options as well. If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to Dr. Rivera about ways to replace those teeth.
For more information about full and partial sets of dentures, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rivera, contact our Victoria, TX, office today.