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Complete Dentures

Dentures are removable prosthetic appliances that can replace the form, function and esthetics of missing teeth and help restore your smile. Denture restores the health of patient because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth. Dentures also restore the facial fullness for an edentulous patient who otherwise has sagging facial muscles and an older look.

They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.

Types of dentures:
  • Conventional Dentures : These are the most commonly made dentures in any dental office. This denture is typically made and inserted in patient’s mouth after all the teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
  • Immediate Denture: This is a special type of denture, which is given to patient on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. The main advantage is that you have to never be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed as the jaw bone shrinks significantly during healing.
  • Implant Supported Overdenture : Implant overdentures are the standard of care these days. Implants in upper and lower jaw provide great stability and support for the removable dentures. An overdenture fits over a couple implants with special attachments that have been prepared by your dentist. Implants serve as anchors for the dentures to snap on and off thereby increasing the quality of life.

It’s quite normal to have minor discomfort for someone trying on their new set of dentures but it will take a few weeks to be accustomed to them. Follow-up appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness be sure to consult your dentist.

Practice of good dental hygiene is important even with dentures. It’s important to brush gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.

Like our teeth, dentures should also be brushed daily to remove food debris and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from accumulating stain.

  • Rinse dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
  • Use a denture brush to gently scrub off the food debris from all the surfaces of the dentures without getting scratched.
  • When brushing, clean your mouth thoroughly including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.
  • Dentures should not be worn during sleep as they cause airway obstruction and will not allow the gums to revive.
  • When dentures are not being used, they need to be store under water to prevent warping and shrinkage.
  • Occasionally, denture wearers may use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed.
  • Denture can also help improve your speech. If you find it difficult to pronounce certain words, practice reading out loud. Repeat the words that give you trouble. With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your complete denture.

Schedule regular dental checkups to get the dentures and soft tissue evaluated.