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Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks.  Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.  At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures.  Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.


Denture Myths

When it comes to myths, dentures have spawned a colorful collection. Unfortunately, many of these common misconceptions about dentures have prevented people from achieving their best health, appearance and self-confidence. The fact of the matter is that proper denture fit, maintenance and regular dental care can positively impact everyone who wears full or partial dentures. So check out the following 11 myths. You may be surprised to find out that one or two you have accepted as "fact," are in fact, "fiction."

Myth No. 1: Dentures last forever!

While it's true that dentures are durable, they aren't any more permanent than eyeglasses. Just as the conditions of the eyes change as you age, so too do the conditions of the mouth. Replacing dentures at regular intervals of five to seven years makes it possible to maintain a healthy natural smile and prevent intra-oral deterioration.

Myth No. 2: Once you have dentures, you don't need to see a dentist any more.

This is probably the most common myth about dentures, and it's wrong for several very important reasons. You should see your dentist regularly for an oral examination, because your mouth is continually changing. Mouth tissue can reveal signs of diseases. Besides checking your dentures, the dentist will examine your gum ridges, tongue and jaw joints. Of course, your dentures need attention, too. Important indicators of their condition are: . Looseness caused by tissue changes. . Bad odor caused by absorption of fluid and bacteria. . Color change due to age or a reaction to mouth fluids. . Stains and calculus deposits resulting from mouth fluids

Myth No. 3: Everyone knows when you're wearing dentures. It's embarrassing.

This is true only if your dentures look unnatural or need re-fitting. Many of the "tell-tale" signs of dentures, clicking or slipping, unpleasant odor or stains, are actually signs of poor fit or improper home maintenance. Regular professional examinations and following your dentist's instructions on home care are essential steps in assuring a "natural appearance." Confidence in wearing dentures comes from realizing that you have taken a positive step towards improving your health and appearance. Protecting your oral health with properly fitting dentures is a smart move!

Myth No. 4: Denture wearers can't eat normally, or even speak properly.

While not all denture wearers can eat everything they would like, many have very few restrictions in their diets. So, if you develop persistent speech or eating problems at any time, have your dentist check the fit of your denture as soon as possible. Good nutrition is just as important for mature adults as it is for younger persons. Properly fitting dentures may actually encourage you to eat a varied and well-balanced diet that maximizes your overall health and you'll be able to enjoy the social benefits that make dining with friends such a pleasant experience.

Myth No. 5: I have to use adhesives to make my dentures fit, or I can't wear them all day.

This is a particularly dangerous myth. Dentures are made to fit precisely and usually do not require regular use of an adhesive for comfort. In an emergency, denture adhesives can be used to keep the dentures stable until you see the dentist, but prolonged use can mask infections and cause bone loss in the jaw. Likewise, a poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores and tumors. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, see your dentist immediately.

Myth No. 6: Dentures aren't like natural teeth; they're not affected by over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Drugs can affect denture fit and wear ability. For example, certain medications can reduce the supply of saliva in your mouth, making it difficult to swallow or chew. So let your dentist know of any medications you may be taking regularly, or even occasionally.

Myth No. 7: I have a fixed income. Regular dental care is too expensive.

Before deciding that oral examinations and denture care is too costly, discuss the situation with your dentist. Be frank. Ask about charges for denture adjustments, repairs and possible replacement. Keep in mind that if you are in your 60s, you are likely to have twenty more years of talking, eating and smiling . Your oral health is a vital part of your total health.

Myth No. 8: I can make my own denture repairs.

Even if you are a whiz at fixing toasters, leaky pipes or automobiles, do not try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. Improperly relined dentures can be bulky, causing increased pressure on the jaw and more rapid loss of jawbone. Do-it-yourself reliners can also irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. The handyman approach can cause irreparable damage and may result in the need for a new denture.

Myth No. 9: I'll be without teeth for days if I take my denture to the dentist for refitting or repair.

Advances in modern techniques make it possible for your dentist to reline or repair dentures quickly right in the office. If you let your dentist know that you are in need of a denture repair, the correction can frequently be made on the same day.

Myth No. 10: I know I should have my denture replaced, but l just don't want to go through a long adjustment period again.

The first time is always the hardest. You're a pro now. You've learned the basics about eating, speaking and wearing a denture. There will be some adjustment, but it will probably be shorter and easier than the first time. And it is important! Prolonged use of ill-fitting dentures can irritate the gums, tongue and cheek, and even cause the ridges of your mouth to shrink to the point where it will almost be impossible to fit you with normal dentures. Your ability to chew may decrease, and your face may acquire deep aging lines and wrinkles. When you look at the big picture, the temporary adjustment period isn't so bad.