Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be taken in and out of your mouth. Depending on your needs, you may receive full or partial dentures.
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 Full Dentures - 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. During this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist will take measurements and have dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit of this method is that you do not have to spend 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 also need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are an option when you do not need all your teeth removed. These are similar to a bridge, but are not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. It may feel bulky or your tongue may feel crowded. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a short period of time. Over time, your mouth will become trained to eat and speak with your dentures, and they will feel like your natural teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, they should be cared for as if they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles. After removing your dentures, they should be placed directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so take care when handling them; they may break if dropped. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. Always receive assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.