Dentures replace missing teeth, help improve speech cause by missing teeth, improve chewing, and improve facial appearance. There are two types of dentures, complete dentures and removable partial dentures.

For patients missing several teeth, removable partial dentures are recommended. These types of dentures use the original teeth to anchor the removable partial denture in place. There are different types for removable partial dentures and designs vary based on need. Consults your dentist to see what is best for you.

For patients that require all of their teeth be replaced, a set of complete dentures may be needed. If it’s just the top teeth or bottom, or your whole mouth, your dentist may suggest a set of complete dentures.

Your dentist can evaluate your teeth and determine if removable partial dentures or complete dentures are needed or may provide alternatives including dental implants or bridges.

Types of Dentures

There are several different denture types, which means there are more options for treatment. Your dentures will meet your specific needs. 

Complete Dentures

Available in two varieties. Conventional dentures are made while the gum heals. They are fitted once the gum has adjusted and the dentures can be fitted correctly. The gum healing time usually takes between 6-8 months. Immediate dentures can be fitted immediately. 

Immediate Dentures

Can be placed immediately. They are created before any teeth are removed. This type of denture will need to be positioned accurately once the gums heal and shrink. Immediate dentures are designed to protect your gums and remaining healthy teeth as they heal from extraction trauma. This means you don’t need to spend months living without teeth, and your speach pattern and facial structure will not be impacted. Immediate dentures will help you transition to permanent fittings. 

Full Dentures

Used when someone is missing teeth in the upper and lower jaw. They are often referred to as complete dentures. The decision on if you need a full denture will be based on the health of your teeth and if they can be saved or repaired. The process for having full dentures is longer than partial dentures because your gums need time to heal and be monitored throughout. 

Partial Dentures

Used when only a few teeth are missing. When a few selected teeth are damaged, need to be removed or have been knocked out, a partial denture is a great option. When a single tooth is removed, it can cause other teeth to shift. A partial denture will be designed to match your teeth and are typically attached to a metal frame that sits discreetly behind your other teeth.

Denture Care

You must take good care of your dentures. Your oral hygienist can demonstrate how you can best take care of your dentures. For partial dentures, you will remove these before brushing teeth and soak them in a cleaning solution overnight. 

You must avoid brushing your dentures too forcefully. This will cause there to be some surface damage. Some toothbrushes are designed to be used with dentures, your dentist will be able to tell you the type of toothbrush  that will be best for your dentures. 

You should brush your tongue and gums at the same time as your teeth. This will prevent any bacterial build-up. 

After your dentures are fitted, you must have regular check-ups. Your dentist will be able to spot any changes within your gums. 

When teeth are missing, your facial bone structure and gum-line can change. These changes mean that your dentures will need to be periodically adjusted so that they provide you with optimal comfort and work as intended.

Missing teeth not only impact your confidence, but they can impact how you eat, talk and your facial structure. Pain and discomfort often following missing teeth as the mouth and jaw will move in unnatural ways to compensate for the missing teeth. 

taking care of your dentures

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