Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Depending on the patients needs either partial or full dentures may be required. There are two types of full dentures, conventional full dentures and immediate full dentures.Conventional Full Dentures are when all teeth are missing and before the dentures are set the gum tissue is given time to heal. It is common for patient’s gums to take up to a few months to heal properly, patients will have to go without teeth for the duration.
Immediate Full Dentures is a more taxing procedure where the mouth is not given time to heal before the dentures are set in place. The immediate benefit is that the patients does not spend time without teeth. However follow up visits are required since your jaw bone will change shape while it heals. When the jaw bone changes shape the dentures will need to be refitted. After it has finished healing completely the dentures will need to be tightened.
In the cases where a partial denture would be used it will act similar to how a dental bridge would with the exception of not being a permanent fixture in the mouth.
Dentures regardless of being full or partials will take time to adjust to. Patients often say things ranging from dentures feeling loose to not enough room for their tongue to rest. After a while the mouth becomes trained to the dentures and adjusts accordingly. They may never feel like your natural teeth but they sure beat not having teeth at all.
Dentures just like real teeth require care, you should brush them to remove plaque and food particles. After removal you should submerge them in a denture cleaning solution. Be aware that hot water could warp the dentures. As durable as some patients think their dentures are, dentures should be handled with care and make sure not to drop them. Also please them any denture adjustments to our staff and do not try to adjust your dentures yourself. Please contact us immediately if your dentures feel uncomfortable or loose.