What are Dentures and Partials ?

Dentures are removable replacements that can be used in the entire mouth, or missing parts of the teeth. A complete set of dentures is used when the entire mouth is missing teeth on the top row, bottom row, or both. Partial dentures are removable bridges used when there are some natural teeth remaining. Dentures and Partials can be used to prevent the position of other teeth from changing.

Types of Dentures and Partials

There are two types of complete dentures. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth are removed and the gum tissue has had time to heal. Conventional dentures are typically ready for placement in one to three months. Immediate dentures are created in advance and are available to be worn as soon as the teeth are removed. Immediate dentures are typically a temporary solution because bones and gums can shrink during the healing period following a tooth removal. In this instance, adjustments will need to be made to ensure the ideal fit for a natural look.

What is the Process for Getting Complete or Partial Dentures ?

If tooth removal is necessary that process will begin first. Dentures candidates will have their mouth and jaw measured and an impression will be taken. The impression is critical for ensuring proper bite relationship, as well as the proper relationship of the appliance to the size of your face. After the impression is made, a temporary set of dentures may be applied if needed so the patient can ensure that the fit, color and shape are suitable.

Once the dentures are fitted, there is a small adjustment period for some patients. Some dentures may need to be worn for an extended period of time to ensure that no adjustments need to be made to the fitting.

Patients may experience a “break-in” period for their first time receiving new dentures. This usually lasts up to two months. New dentures can feel loose for a short period of time during the adjustment. When the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place, the dentures will feel more natural and comfortable. It is not unusual for minor irritation to occur. Saliva flow can also increase but will diminish when the mouth adjusts.

Care of your Denture

Dentures today are made from very advanced materials designed to give you a natural appearance.However, keep in mind that just like your teeth, dentures should be cared for with diligence. This means daily brushing and regular visits to your dentist for minor adjustments.Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleansed of plaque, food particles and other debris. Keeping your dentures in top shape will also help keep the soft tissues of your mouth healthy; an unclean or malformed denture can cause infections and irritation.Remember to rinse and brush your dentures after every meal, and soak them in denture solution overnight. This also allows your gums to breathe while you sleep.

Benefits of Partial Dentures

Dentures can restore confidence and improve the look of the mouth.

Most patients are quick to adapt to partial and full sets of dentures.

Dentures and partials can protect the gums and oral tissues.

Because dentures and partials are removeable, they are a non-invasive option for tooth loss.

F.A.Q.

Although it is safe to wear your dentures at night, it is preferred they be removed. It is recommended to clean and store your  dentures in water over night.

If your dentures no longer fit as well as they previously did, you may need to get your dentures refitted. This can be common as your mouth and gums can change over time.

Once the teeth have been removed, the jawbone can shrink or change shapes. Dentures should be checked for fitting at least once per year as needed. However, dentures are made to last around 5 to 10 years.