Complete Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. For patients receiving a denture for the first time, there are two different denture services: conventional full dentures and immediate full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures
Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before impressions of your mouth are made. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth. The major advantage of this procedure is to give the tissues time to heal in order to get more accurate impressions. Sometimes waiting on healing avoids the need for a relining of the denture, also. However, going without teeth is usually too big of a disadvantage for most patients.
Immediate Full Dentures
An immediate denture is one where the remaining teeth are removed-it may be one tooth or all the teeth-and the new denture is immediately placed in the mouth. Almost all initial dentures are done this way today because patients do not want to go without teeth. On top of the appearance factor, most patients with immediate dentures also learn to speak and eat faster. You will, however, need to have follow-up visits to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. This is called a reline or rebase.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels 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. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles after meals. We recommend removing them at night to allow the tissues to heal. After they have been removed you should place them 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 and break them. Also, never try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. You could ruin them. You should always seek assistance from us if they feel uncomfortable or loose or need repair. Please; never use super glue on them!!