Dentures are removable prosthetics that can replace missing teeth. There are complete dentures, which are for people who are missing all of their teeth, and partial dentures, which are for those with some natural teeth remaining.
Partial dentures will be attached to your natural teeth using either precision attachments or metal clasps.
Conventional dentures are created and placed after remaining teeth have been extracted and the tissues have had time to heal.
Immediate dentures are placed as soon as the remaining teeth have been removed. Over-dentures fit over a few remaining natural teeth or dental implants.
Once in place, it may take a few weeks to get used to the denture, but your mouth will get used to it in time. Dentures can help improve your speech as well as the function of your mouth and the beauty of your smile. In most cases, thanks to recent advances in denture technology, you will not need to use a dental adhesive to keep your denture in place.
When your dentures are in place, it may take a little practice to begin eating normally again. Start out with soft foods cut into small pieces and work your way from there. Avoid biting directly on hard or crunchy foods such as apples, pretzels, large sandwiches, or crusty bread.
Remember to thoroughly clean your denture two or three times each day. In addition, taking care of your mouth by brushing the tongue, gums, and palate every day is absolutely essential to maintaining your oral health.
Due to normal wear and gum/bone shrinkage, dentures will probably need to be relined, rebased, or remade with time. If your dentures feel loose or break, call or visit us to get the help you need. Your dentures can often be repaired on the same day!