Dentures are one way to replace missing teeth. They can be removed and returned to your mouth as you please. Depending on your case, you may need either full or partial dentures. Full dentures are needed when all of your natural teeth are removed. There are two types of full dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures - All of your teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before dentures are placed. It could take a few months for your gum tissues to heal completely. During this time, you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, we may take measurements and have dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow-up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will change shape slightly as your mouth heals. The dentures will need to be adjusted accordingly.
Partial dentures are an option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. Partial dentures are similar to a bridge, but they are not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
It may take some time for you to adjust to your new dentures. Some people say they feel bulky, or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures may feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and speak, at least for awhile. Over time, your dentures will begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but dentures are a much better alternative than not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not your real teeth, you should care for them as though they were. Brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed, place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water. The heat could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. Please seek assistance from us if they feel uncomfortable or loose.