Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. They can be used for a few missing teeth or in cases when there are no more teeth in the mouth.
If you’re looking for a solution to just a few absent teeth, partial dentures are the way to go. Partial dentures are used when there are still strong, healthy teeth available in the mouth. Since partial dentures clip around existing teeth, they might be visible when speaking. The false teeth portion can be color-matched to nearby teeth to reduce visibility.
Complete dentures are great if you’ve lost all your teeth due to injury, infection, or another medical condition. Conventional and immediate dentures are the two options when choosing complete dentures. After all teeth have been removed, your gums must heal. Once your gums are healed, conventional dentures are created. Since the dentures are made after your gums have healed, they are often better fitting and require less adjustments. The downside to this is you will have to go through the healing period with no teeth. On the flip side, immediate dentures are formed and placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed. After your teeth are removed, during the recovery process your gums can swell and eventually shrink back to normal. Since your dentures were fitted while your gums are inflamed, this can cause them to not fit properly and require further adjustments before you are completely satisfied with the fit. The benefit to immediate dentures is that there is no waiting period without teeth.
Dentures can be removed making them very easy to clean and maintain. Typically, removable dentures last about five years before needing to be replaced. If you find that your dentures are slipping and sliding out of place, contact us to find out which denture adhesive is right for you. In addition to this, avoid foods that are very hard, chewy, or sticky.