Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are one replacement option for missing teeth. They can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient’s case, they may receive either complete or partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a complete set of dentures. There are two types of complete dentures.
- Conventional Complete Dentures – These are fabricated after all of the teeth have been removed and the tissue has been given time to heal. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time, you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Complete Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist will 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 reline (tighten) your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heals. The dentures will need to be relined after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. They are similar to a bridge, but unlike a bridge, they are not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. 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 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. Before you remove your dentures, 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.