Dentures & Partials

What Are Dentures?

If you have lost a tooth or teeth, it can increase your risk of nutritional problems and other general health issues if left untreated, it may even affect your self confidence. For these reasons, it is vital to restore your smile, confidence and make eating and chewing a normal process through either full or partial dentures. Natural teeth can be replaced through the use of dentures, a dental prosthetic which are removable. Dentures are custom made for each individual and will closely match your natural teeth, restoring your physical appearance and even helping you to eat and speak normally.

Full dentures

If you are missing teeth in either the mandibular or maxillary arch, dentures can be worn to replace the teeth. Full dentures cover the whole lower or upper jaw. Full dentures have prosthetic teeth attached to a gum colored base. Below you will find an explanation of the 3 different types of full dentures:

Conventional dentures
For patients who have completely healed gums, conventional dentures are typically suggested. Conventional dentures can be installed 8 weeks after the last tooth has been extracted. Everyones gums will heal at different rates, your dentist will be able to determine the right time for you to have your dentures installed. During the healing process, it is vital that patients maintain an excellent hygiene routine and eat appropriately.

Immediate dentures
Immediate dentures are used to help alleviate discomfort endured by patients living without teeth. This type of denture can be worn right after the teeth have removed. Because the jaw is constantly changing as the gums heal, immediate dentures need to be adjusted regularly at this time. This type of denture are advised as a temporary solution until your conventional dentures are ready to be installed.

Overdentures
Your dentist will always try to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. They do this because natural teeth will actually assist in maintaining the condition of the jawbone as well as providing an anchor to support your dentures. Overdentures, unlike the other types of dentures, will accommodate remaining natural teeth. They can also use dental implants for support.

Partial Dentures

For patients who only need teeth replaced in part of the mouth, partial dentures are the ideal solution. This type of denture can be taken out for cleaning and added comfort, unlike dental bridges. Partial dentures are attached to implants or natural teeth using clasps or precise attachments.

Dentures Care and maintenance

Maintaining and caring for dentures will vary widely depending on each patients individual condition as well as the type of denture. Your dentist will fully explain the correct practises for your unique situation. There are, however, some general rules which apply to all patients.

  • When you first get your dentures, it is important that they are worn continuously for the first few weeks as your mouth adjusts and you get used to them. After these first few weeks, you can remove your dentures at night for comfort.
  • Dentures should be fully submerged in water and stored in a special container when they are not being used. This will ensure your that your dentures stay flexible.
  • Your dentures, just like natural teeth, need to be cleaned daily. You should use a soft bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleaner to clean them.
  • Regular visits to your dentist are vital to check any remaining natural teeth, examine the gums and make any necessary adjustments.

Dentures can restore your self confidence by changing your appearance and also improve your eating experience. Anyone who has lost teeth should consider dentures, they are available in a wide variety of materials and can be adapted for every budget. Contact us for a consultation and see what denture option suits you best.