Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed from the mouth. Depending on each individual patient case, you 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 dentures are made 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 the healing period, you will be without teeth. Immediate dentures are dentures that are made in advance are immediately placed in your mouth after the teeth are extracted. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have follow-up visits to adjust your dentures because the bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heals. The dentures will need to be relined when healing is complete.
For individuals who are only missing some teeth, partial dentures will likely be the best option. Partial dentures are designed to work in conjunction with your existing teeth, restoring your ability to chew and talk normally and help to eliminate the discomfort of missing teeth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. 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.
To learn more about our denture services and how we can care for your oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.