Dentures are a removable method of replacing missing teeth. Depending on your individual needs, you can get either partial dentures or full dentures. Full dentures require the removal of all natural teeth in order to be replaced. There are two different types of full dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures – All teeth are removed and the surrounding tissue is given time to heal before placing the final dentures. This could take a few months for complete healing, and you will be without teeth during this time.
- Immediate Full Dentures – Before having all of your teeth removed, your dentist will take measurements and will have dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are then placed immediately in your mouth. This way, you will not have to be without teeth. However, this method requires a follow up visit to refit the dentures when the jaw bone slightly changes shape as your mouth heals.
Partial dentures are an option when not all of your teeth need to be removed, and are similar to a bridge, but are not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Dentures are a big change, and may take some time to get used to. Eating and speaking may feel different for a little while. However, you will get used to them and they will feel more and more like your natural teeth.
Caring for your dentures is similar to caring for your natural teeth. It is necessary to regularly brush them to remove food particles. After you have removed them, you should place them into room temperature water or denture cleaning solution. Do not use hot water because it could warp them. Never try to adjust your dentures yourself, as they could be ruined easily. If they need an adjustment, call your dentist.