What is a Denture?
We all hope our natural teeth will last a lifetime. But sometimes this is not a possibility and we end up having some or all of our natural teeth removed for many different reasons. Sometimes it is because of gum disease, injuries/facial trauma, decay/cavities. Whatever the reason, our dentists can offer several options to restore oral function by replacing missing teeth and improve overall appearance, restoring a very natural appearing smile. When we begin losing teeth as adults it causes facial muscles to sag, making us look and feel older. Dentures allow us to restore these facial features, make it easier to eat and speak, while also improving your smile
Thanks to advances in polymer science, most dentures are now made with extremely high-quality, durable materials that make them stronger and more comfortable.
There are a wide variety of dentures available for individuals who are missing some or all of their teeth.
What is a Partial Denture?
Partial dentures replace only the missing teeth and attach to the remaining natural teeth with clasps or mechanical components known as attachments (precision and semi-precision partial dentures, also called attachment partial dentures.) Partial dentures are also made with extremely high-quality, durable materials that make them stronger and more comfortable.
Our dentists will help you decide what type of denture and treatment plan are best for you.
Partial dentures replace only some of the teeth and attach to the remaining natural teeth with clasps or mechanical components known as attachments (precision and semi-precision partial dentures, also called attachment partial dentures.) Your dentist or prosthodontist (a dentist who specializes in restoring and replacing teeth) will help you decide what type of denture and treatment plan are best for you.
Denture Types Defined
Types of dentures:
- Immediate- This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw and tissue have healed.
- Conventional- This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after all teeth are/have been removed and tissues have had time to heal, which may could take several months.
- Overdenture. Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function, too.
Getting your Dentures: The Process
Getting your Dentures: The Process
- The types of treatments needed before dentures can be placed and the amount of time those treatments take will vary depending upon a person’s overall oral health, the number, and location of missing teeth, and the type of denture selected to replace those teeth. These treatments can include:
- Impressions or molds of the contour of the mouth are used as a model for the denture
- Extractions to remove any unhealthy teeth
- Implant surgery for those receiving implant overdentures
- Adjustments to achieve the best fit and level of comfort once dentures are placed.
Individuals who require extractions or implant surgery will need to wait several weeks for the mouth to heal before dentures can be placed. For some people, a temporary or “immediate” denture can be placed in the mouth on the same day extractions are performed, and worn until the permanent denture is fitted.
What to Expect: Getting Used to Your Dentures
It takes some time to get used to the feeling of dentures in your mouth, after which you should be able to comfortably eat, speak, and smile. The following is normal when complete dentures are initially placed in the mouth:
- A feeling of fullness in the mouth, face, lips, and/or cheeks, which will subside quickly.
- Temporary minor changes in speech sounds, which will be more apparent to you than to others.
- Tip: Speaking slowly and enunciating precisely helps the tongue and facial muscles adapt more quickly.
- Changes in chewing patterns while getting used to the jaw movements required for chewing with dentures, which may take several weeks.
- Tip: Start with small pieces of soft food, gradually increasing the food’s firmness, and chew food on both sides of the mouth simultaneously with only your back teeth. A small amount of denture adhesive may help to stabilize your dentures.