Dentures and Partials
For those seeking a solution to missing teeth, dentures have been a trusted tooth replacement option for decades.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are a removable piece of hardware used to replace some or all of the natural teeth. They come in two standard types:
- Conventional dentures, which are not fitted until after the gums and jaw have fully healed from the extraction of teeth.
- Immediate dentures, which are fitted before the teeth are extracted. Immediate dentures will require several more fittings than traditional dentures, as the shape of the jaw and gums will change during the healing process. Their main advantage is that they immediately restore the patient’s teeth after extraction.
Another type of denture is a partial denture. These are used when only some of the teeth need to be removed. Partials function similarly to a bridge but are not cemented into place. They can be fitted to dental implants, however, for added security.
Adjusting to Dentures
When patients are first fitted for dentures, they may have to wear them all the time, including while sleeping. This will allow the dentist to quickly find spots that need to be reshaped because of discomfort or irritation. After the dentures are properly fitted to the jaw, they can be removed at night for sleeping.
Although dentures are not real teeth, patients should care for them as if they were. Dentures should be brushed to remove food particles. Dentures should be placed into lukewarm water or a denture cleaning solution any time they are removed from the mouth. Hot water can warp dentures, so patients need to be careful!
It can take some time for the mouth to adjust to the shape of dentures. At first it may feel awkward and bulky to wear the appliances, but over time, patients will become accustomed to the dentures.
Contact our office for more information on whether dentures are right for you.