What Are Dentures?
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth.
Dentures help maintain the ability to speak clearly, eat most foods and prevent sagging facial muscles which can lead to an aged appearance.
Advances in dentistry have led to significant improvements so today’s dentures are more natural looking and comfortable than the ones your parents or grandparents wore.
There are two types of dentures, complete or partial. Complete dentures cover the entire upper and/or lower jaw. Partial dentures replace one or several teeth. Complete dentures can be either “immediate” or “conventional.”
Immediate Full Dentures
v Used while conventional full dentures are being made so you never have to be without teeth
v An impression is made of your existing teeth and gums prior to the extraction surgery and is used as a mold for the fabrication of your new dentures.
v Dentures are inserted on the same day immediately following the removal of natural teeth.
v Ready to wear right away instead of waiting several weeks for your mouth to heal.
v As the healing process continues your gums, which support the denture, will shrink.
v Changes can continue for several months. See your dentist for adjustments.
Conventional Full Dentures
v Ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue is healed.
v Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and have several trial fittings once the conventional denture is actually made.
v Adjustments made as necessary.
v Removable dental appliance that replaces only a few upper or lower teeth.
v Fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting.
v Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
v Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and are usually required with attachments.
v Handle dentures gently and avoid dropping them. Stand over a folded towel or a sink full of water when handling them.
v Clean daily using a soft bristle brush designed for cleaning dentures. Use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid.
v When not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. If the appliance has metal attachments they could be tarnished if placed in soaking solution so consult your dentist who will recommend the proper method for keeping your dentures in good shape.
If you’ve lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can replace your missing teeth and give you back your smile.
Your dentist will advise you of the procedure that best meets your specific needs.