Full Dentures & Partial Dentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth.

 

How do Dentures Work?

With full dentures, the base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.

 

Types of Dentures:

Conventional Full Denture:
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after all remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.

 

Immediate Full Denture:
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. The patient has the benefit of never having to be without teeth, but the denture must be adjusted several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.

 

• Partial Denture:
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

Conventional or Immediate Full Denture

Partial Denture

How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?
• New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or months
• Eating and speaking with dentures might take time
• A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon
• Excessive saliva flow
• Minor irritation or soreness

How Long do Dentures Last?
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be readjusted due to normal wear. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums.

Care Tips for DENTURES:
Don’t let dentures dry out – place them in a denture cleanser solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause dentures to warp.
Brush your dentures – brushing dentures daily will remove food and dental plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained.
Take care of your mouth – brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert dentures.
Consult your dentist – see your dentist if dentures break, chip, crack or become loose.