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, we will recommend full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced. 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 follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are recommended when not all teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. It is noted that some recipients experience different feelings/discomforts getting used to dentures - including feelings that they are bulky, or there is not enough room for the tongue, or the dentures feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, the mouth becomes trained to eat and speak, and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but dentures are a common, and often necessary, solution.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, the care routine is the same. It is necessary to brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing the dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water - it could warp the dentures. Dentures are delicate - be careful when handling them, and avoid dropping them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures alone. This could have permanent consequences. Always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.