Dentures are a removable piece of hardware used to replace some or all of your natural teeth.
Types of Dentures
Dentures come in two standard types:
- Conventional dentures are not fitted until after the gums and jaw have fully healed from the extraction of your teeth.
- Immediate dentures are fitted before your teeth are extracted and can be worn almost immediately. Immediate dentures will require several more fittings than traditional dentures, as the shape of your jaw and gums will change during the healing process, but they have the advantage of immediately restoring your teeth after the extraction.
Partial dentures can be used when only some of your teeth need to be removed. Partials function similarly to a bridge but are removable.
Implant-supported dentures: A significantly better option for those with anatomy that does not allow for a well-retentioned denture to be a possibility. These dentures can get patients to where they can virtually eat anything they want to eat without their denture moving around.
Adjusting to Dentures
When you are first fitted for dentures, you may have to wear them all the time, including while sleeping. This will allow your dentist to quickly find spots that need to be reshaped due to discomfort or irritation. After the dentures are properly fitted to your jaw, dentures can be removed at night.
While dentures are not real teeth, you will want to care for them as if they were. Brush your dentures to remove food particles before removing them. You will need to deposit your dentures into warm water or a denture cleaning solution as soon as you remove them from your mouth. Hot water can warp dentures, so be careful!
It can take some time for your mouth to adjust to the shape of dentures. At first, it may feel awkward and bulky to have the appliances in your mouth, but over time, you will become accustomed to the dentures.
Possibility of Implants to Support Dentures
Dentures are becoming more and more a thing of the past. Dentures cause bone loss and over time, the bone that holds the denture in resorbs and leaves no retention for the denture...which leaves a very unhappy patient. Dental implants actually slow down the process of bone resorption. We now offer to our patients many different options including dentures that hook to implants and create a tight, retentive connection which opens up the possibility of eating any foods you want, again.
Lower dentures are notorious for moving around due to the tongue being an antagonist to the denture, so for many patients we can place 2 to 4 implants and anchor their denture to them using connections called locators. These locator overdentures snap into place and provide a very retentive fit and can be removed at night for cleaning and letting your tissue breathe.
We can also do a surgery that allows the denture to be screwed down to the implants so that it never comes out. These dentures have to be cleaned once a year, but otherwise are just like having your natural teeth again (most patients say).
We have lots of options, if you are interested in doing a cost-free consult to talk about possibilities, just let us know and we will be happy to offer our experiences and recommendations.
Contact our office today for more information on whether dentures are right for you.