All You Want To Know About Dentures
What types of dentures are there?
Complete Dentures – These are for people who have lost all or most of their teeth because they replace all of the teeth.
Partial Dentures – For people who may still have some of their teeth, partial dentures may be a good fit because they fill in the space that is made from missing teeth. They can also help keep the remaining teeth from moving in the mouth.
Conventional Dentures – These are placed in the mouth after any remaining teeth are taken out and the tissue has had time to heal. That process could take a few months.
Immediate Dentures – They are placed in the mouth right after any teeth are removed. The nice thing about this is that you do not have to wait and go without any teeth during the healing process. However, the denture may need to be relined or remade after you do heal.
Overdentures – Like the name suggests, these denture fit over a small number of remaining teeth or implants. This is usually done because saving these teeth can help preserve the jawbone and provide extra support for the denture.
How do I get dentures?
The process will usually take about three to six weeks, depending on what type of denture you choose to get. The dentist will take an impression of the inside of your mouth, to custom fit your denture. You will have multiple try-in appointments so that the shape and position of the denture can be adjusted to fit correctly. Once that is finished, you will receive your denture. It may be necessary to make a few small adjustments once you have been wearing it for a few weeks.
What should I expect from my new dentures?
Just like any new thing, it may take time to adjust to your new dentures. They may feel a bit awkward, or your speech may be affected for a short time. However, after a few weeks, they should begin to feel normal. It is also common to have some minor irritation or soreness. Some of this can be fixed by going to the dentist to have the denture adjusted, and some will go away on its own.
How do I care for my dentures?
They should be brushed every day to remove food particles and plaque, just like regular teeth. This will help to reduce staining. After rinsing, gently brush all of the surfaces of the denture with a soft-bristle toothbrush and denture cleaner. Do NOT use toothpaste.
When you are not wearing your dentures, soak them in water so that they do not lose their shape. And keep them in a safe place.
Before putting your dentures in your mouth again, make sure you brush the inside of your mouth. This will stimulate the tissue and remove plaque. Your gums and tissue still need attention even if you no longer have any teeth.