Dentures restore the confidence you need and deserve. Depending on each individual patient, they may need a full or partial set of dentures. There is one type of partial dentures and two types of full dentures; a conventional full set of dentures and an immediate full set of dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures
This is 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 this time you will be without teeth.
Immediate Full Dentures
Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a second procedure called a reline completed about six months after the initial placement of the dentures to fill in the shrinkage of the bone and tissue from the original extractions. This will be like getting a new denture, but at a very low cost.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth. It can be removed to clean and brush your teeth.
It may take some time adjusting to new dentures. Since the flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over the gums, people sometimes say they feel bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. 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.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, they should be cared for as though they are. All dentures should be brushed daily to remove plaque and food particles. After they have been removed, they should be placed directly in room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the custom fit and cause mouth pain. Dentures are delicate, so they are to be handled with care and not dropped. Additionally, wearer should never try to adjust the dentures by themselves. This could ruin them, so always seek assistance from a dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
Looking for a less bulky option? Consider implant retained dentures. These are a very stable restoration and tend to be less bulky. The implants cut back on loss of jaw bone so dentures fit better and longer. They snap in and out of your mouth for a tighter fit, better chewing ability, and more confidence while talking.