Dentures Specialist
When a number of top or bottom teeth are missing or diseased, dentures can provide a removable replacement. At Capitol Square Dental, Dr. Safavian can help provide these replacements in addition to partial dentures to patients in Columbus, Ohio.

Dentures Q & A

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What are complete dentures?

A complete denture is used when all your teeth are missing or need to be removed. Complete dentures can either be of the conventional or immediate type. After removal of all the teeth, conventional dentures are ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks later. Immediate dentures are made in advance of the procedure and can be placed in the mouth the same day the teeth are removed. The advantage is that one does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

Conventional dentures are usually preferable due to the fact that gums and bones shrink during the time of the healing process. Because of this immediate dentures often require adjustment so they fit properly. These should generally be considered as a temporary solution until the conventional dentures can be fabricated.

What is the denture process like?

Complete dentures require a developmental process which normally takes eight to 12 weeks and several appointments. The basic steps of this process are:

  • A series of impressions of your jaws are made along with measurements of how they relate to one another and how much space is between them.
  • Models are created, as well as wax forms and/or plastic patterns, in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. Your dentist will "try in" the forms several times to assess them for shape, color, and fit. After this, the final denture is cast.
  • Adjustments are made as needed.

What are partial dentures?

Often called a bridge, a partial denture is made of replacement teeth that are attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base which is generally connected by a metal framework which holds the denture in place in the mouth. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space the bridge is attached to. A precision partial denture is a removable bridge which has internal attachments which attach to the adjacent crowns.

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Columbus, OH 43215