Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Depending on your specific case, we may recommend a full or partial denture. Full dentures are used when there are no remaining natural teeth in the mouth. There are two types of full dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed, and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit of immediate full dentures is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have follow-up visits to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heals.
Partial dentures are an option when there are healthy teeth remaining in the mouth. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. We will make adjustments to make your denture as comfortable as possible. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures, and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles. After removing your dentures, place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could damage the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them. Never try to adjust your dentures yourself. Always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.