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You may be familiar with dentures, but did you know that dentures come in different varieties? Dentures can be either complete or partial replacements depending on the number of lost teeth, but they are always designed to restore a complete, bright smile.

When people hear the word “dentures,” they usually think of complete dentures, which replace all teeth. Complete dentures come in conventional and immediate varieties. Conventional complete dentures will replace teeth 60–90 days after all teeth have been removed so that gums can heal; this means wearers will be without teeth during their gum-healing period. Immediate complete dentures, however, are ready for placement immediately after the teeth have been pulled; the drawback here is that the dentures will require adjustments since gums and bones move during the healing period.

Partial dentures, unlike complete dentures, are made to replace only some of the wearer’s natural teeth. The plate of partial dentures will contain false teeth in spots corresponding to the wearer’s missing teeth and will be fixed in the mouth using latches that clasp to the wearer’s remaining natural teeth. You may think partial dentures are the right fit for you, but if your remaining teeth are badly damaged, then Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler may recommend removing your teeth and opting for complete dentures.

There are numerous reasons why people can lose teeth and need dentures: poor oral hygiene, infrequent dental visits, physical accidents, tobacco use, acid reflux, high blood pressure, advanced age, and more. If you have lost any of your natural teeth, then complete or partial dentures might be the right choice for you. Contact our office, First Dental, in Dodge City, Kansas, at 620-225-5154 to schedule an appointment.