Dentures replace teeth that are missing. They are removable and can be taken out and placed back into your mouth whenever you please. As each patient’s case is different, they may be given partial or full dentures. A complete, or full set, will be needed when all natural teeth are extracted or missing from the mouth. Two types are available:
- Conventional Full Dentures – All teeth have been removed and healing time is allowed before the new teeth are situated.The gum tissue might require months to completely heal so be advised that you will be without teeth during this time.
- Immediate Full Dentures – In this scenario, the dentist will measure your mouth before removing your teeth and have dentures fitted to your individual needs. They will be placed into your mouth immediately after extraction of your teeth. In this case, you will spend no time without teeth, which is the greatest benefit of this option. The dentist will have to see you for a follow-up visit to ensure that everything is fitting properly. This is necessary because while you go through the healing process your jaw bone might change shape slightly and some tightening of the dentures and other related services may be required.
In the event that all of your teeth need not be removed, partial dentures may be an option. They are not permanent and are comparable to a bridge.
Getting used to your new teeth often takes a little time. Many people feel that when the base of the dentures is placed, their mouth feels small and there is not room for their tongue or that the dentures feel bulky. Others say that they are loose. For a time, this may impact how you eat or even talk. Eventually, you will be able to eat and speak as your mouth actually becomes trained. Soon they will seem more like your own teeth.
Dentures should be cared for just as you would your own teeth. Brush them as you normally would keeping food particles away and helping to remove plaque. You can then remove them if you wish. Once removed, they should be put into a cleaning solution or room temperature water because hot water will warp them. Dentures are fragile, and should always be handled with care so as to not drop them. Though many people may attempt their own adjustments, if you feel that they are making your gums sore or feel loose, contact the dental office of Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Centennial, CO.