Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please.
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 (Permanent) 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. If you have lost your denture or have an old denture that needs to be replaced, we can start the fabrication process immediately. However, it usually takes 4 dental visits and about a month to make a new denture correctly.
- Temporary Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist will take impressions for a temporary or transitional denture. After removing the teeth, the temporary dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. The temporary denture is mostly for aesthetic purposes because it will not function as well as a conventional full denture due to shrinkage and changes in the bone as you heal. For this reason a permanent full denture will need to be fabricated once your gum tissue has healed completely.
Partial dentures can be made when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge in that it uses your existing teeth as anchors to hold it in place, but unlike a bridge, 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. 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.
DENTURES ARE NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR TEETH; THEY ARE A REPLACEMENT FOR NO TEETH! Dentures are a prosthetic device. Just like any prosthetic, be it a leg, an arm, or teeth, dentures may never feel perfectly comfortable. However, for most patients it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth. Some individuals cannot tolerate dentures for various reasons. Alternative treatments such as implant-supported-dentures might be an option for these individuals.
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 before removing your dentures. 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. Dentures should be removed from your mouth every night to allow your gums to rest. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. Always keep them out of reach of pets and children. 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 .