We’ve all heard of dentures: they’re replacements for missing teeth, but can be removed and replaced at will! Based on the individual, your dentist may either fit you with full or partial dentures. Partial dentures, much like a bridge, are an option when only some of your teeth need to be removed. However, unlike a bridge, partial dentures are not a permanent fixture in your mouth. Full dentures involve removing a set of natural teeth, and replacing them with the set of dentures. There are two types of full denture sets.

Conventional Full Dentures

All of the teeth are removed, and then we give your mouth time to heal before the dentures are placed. It can take as much as a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you would be without teeth.


Immediate Full Dentures

Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. The dentures are then immediately placed in your mouth after your teeth are removed. While you won’t have to spend any time without teeth, you will need to have a follow up visit to refit them as the jawbone shifts and adjusts while your mouth heals. They will also need to be relined or adjusted after the jaw bone has fully healed.

Dentures do take getting used to. With the flesh colored portion placed over your gums, some find that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Sometimes they might even feel loose. While these feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while, your mouth will eventually become trained to eat and speak with your new teeth as they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Caring For Your Dentures

You should care for your dentures much like you would your natural teeth. Before removing them, brush them to remove plaque and food particles. After they have been removed, place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water– it could warp and permanently damage the teeth or setting. Your dentures are delicate, so handle them with care. It’s vital that you never try to adjust your dentures yourself, as you could easily ruin them. If they feel too uncomfortable or loose, seek assistance from your dentist who will be more than happy to help with adjustments.

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