Dentures, sometimes referred to as false teeth, are custom-made replacements for a missing tooth or a series of missing teeth. Dentures are removable and help support muscles and lips allowing users to improve their speech, appearance, and health by allowing a proper diet. Because of an improvement in pronunciation and aesthetics, dentures also help patients with a boost of self-esteem and self-confidence.
There are typically two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are either conventional or immediate, depending on whether or not the teeth will need to be removed. Conventional dentures are typically ready for replacement within eight to twelve weeks after the gums have fully healed. Immediate dentures are made prior to the teeth being removed and can be positioned as soon as teeth are removed, allowing the user to wear the dentures throughout the healing process.
Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth which are attached to a gum-colored plastic base which is connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place inside of the mouth. Partial dentures are primarily used when one or more of the natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Once your new dentures have been placed, they will need some getting used to. It’s recommended to start slow by cutting food into smaller pieces to make chewing easier. With practice, users will be able to eat normally.
It’s important to brush and rinse your dentures every day. Use a brush with soft bristles or one that has been specifically designed for cleaning dentures. There are also plenty of American Dental Association approved denture cleaners that will help keep your dentures working properly. Regular dental visits are also highly recommended to make sure your teeth and gums are adapting to your new dentures.
If you have any further questions about dentures or think you are a candidate for dentures, give us a call today!