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Dentures


Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. They provide improved esthetics, speech and function as compared to missing teeth. The prosthetic devices are ideal in cases where other replacement options like Dental Implants or Bridges are not possible.  Depending on each individual patient case either partial or full dentures are recommended. 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 Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth need to be removed due to disease processes such as advance periodontal/gum disease or sever decay (cavities). After removal of the teeth the soft tissue (gum) is given time to heal before the final dentures are made. In some cases it could take up to 12 months for the gum and bone to heal completely. During this time you will be wearing temporary or healing dentures. After placement of the final dentures you will need to have periodic follow up visits to refit your dentures as the jaw bone level is constantly changing. The dentures will need to be tightened every time the jaw bone has changed shape.

Implant supported Full Dentures – This is when your jaw bone levels have receded over the years due to missing teeth or gum disease.  As a result conventional full dentures will not be a comfortable solution for you due to the lack of support by the receded bone levels. In these cases placement of dental implants to support the denture is a great way to increase the stability of the denture. It will require multiple appointments to complete the implant placement surgically and subsequently fabrication of final dentures that will be fitted over the healed implants. Once the final dentures is fixed in place with the restoration that greatly improves your ability to chew and speak much like your own natural teeth. 

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. A partial denture is supported by the remaining teeth and gum/bone levels. 

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. Common issues with all new dentures is pressure over the gum tissues, lack of space for the tongue, inability to taste food due to coverage of the palate.  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 comfortable. However, dentures may never feel perfectly natural, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Dentures should be cleaned routinely and checked by a Dental professional for proper fit. You should brush your denture daily to remove plaque and food particle. After they have been removed from the mouth they should be place directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself always seek assistance from your Dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.

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