Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be
removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each
individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures
are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced
with a full set of dentures. 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 is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You
will, however, need to have a second procedure called a reline completed about six months after the initial placement of the dentures to fill in the shrinkage of the bone and tissue from the original extractions. This will be
like getting a new denture, but at a very low cost.
You may want to consider Implant retained dentures. These are a very stable restoration and tend to be less bulky. The implants cut back on loss of your jaw bone so your dentures fit better longer. They snap in and out of your mouth for a tighter fit, better chewing ability, and more confidence while talking.
Partial dentures are
another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar
to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth. It can be
removed to clean and brush your teeth.
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. These feelings will affect the way
you eat and talk for a little while. 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. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better
than the alternative of not having 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 they have been removed you
should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning
solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures
are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop
them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always
seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.