Dentures are a replacement 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 missing or require extraction. There are 2 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, we take impressions and measurements and have dentures fabricated 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 more follow up visits to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be relined for a better fit after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when patients still have some of their natural teeth. The traditional way of fabricating partial dentures is to have a metallic framework that the denture teeth and gums are attached to. This makes the denture strong and durable. Newer techniques are also available for metal-free partial dentures that are less bulky and more esthetic than traditional partial dentures. We will prescribe the most appropriate partial denture for your particular needs and esthetic requirements.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should thorougly brush them every day to remove plaque and food particles that can stain or contaminate the dentures. Your should store them in 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 damage them, so you should always seek assistance from us if they feel uncomfortable or loose. Dentures also need to be refitted to your mouth periodically to keep them adapted to the changing shape of your gums and jawbone.