Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. We can help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Complete dentures are a removable option if you have lost all of your teeth. If some teeth are remaining and they all need to be removed ,an immediate denture is inserted at the same appointment as the extractions. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
Removable Partial Denture (RPD)
Missing teeth are replaced by plastic or porcelain teeth supported by a metal or plastic framework. This type of prosthesis has the advantage of economy (many teeth can be provided for a relatively lower cost than fixed bridges or implants). And it is easy to clean and maintain.
When your denture feels too loose we can make it fit again. Our professionals will refit and stabilize your dentures so that it fits perfectly again. Most repairs or additions can be completed in one day if you make an appointment. If you do not have an appointment, or are having an emergency, we will work you into the schedule as quickly as possible.
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.
Here are tips for caring for your dentures:
When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
Don't let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you're not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don't be tempted to adjust them yourself. This can damage them beyond repair.