Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
- Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. The partial denture replaces your missing teeth and uses clasps on some of your remaining teeth to hold it in place. The clasps are made of metal or resin. Metal clasps are stronger, however, resin clasps that can be stained to match the gum are more asthetic.
Another option to replace missing teeth with a non removeable appliance would involve placing implants. Implants feel and act like natural teeth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Your beautiful new denture has been hand crafted to look as natural as possible. The colors of your denture will last if you properly care for them. TO PROTECT THE COLORS, DO NOT USE BLEACHING PRODUCTS. For cleaning, we recommend using 1:1 white vinegar/water mixture, soaking the dentures for 15 minutes then brush and rinse with warm water. This method cleans the denture while protecting the color tones. This will make hard calculus/tartar deposits soft enough to remove with a brush. For stubborn stains or build up, leave the dentures over night in the same 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water over night, then brush and rinse with warm water in the morning.