are used to replace multiple missing teeth. Dentures can be removed and put back into your mouth as often as you like. Complete dentures, also called “full dentures
”, can be made when all of the natural teeth have been extracted. There are two types of full dentures:
- For Conventional Complete Dentures, all the teeth are removed and the bone and tissue are given time to heal before the dentures are placed. Healing may take a few months, during which time you will be without teeth.
- With Immediate Complete Dentures, Dr. Goldberg takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth before your teeth are removed. The dentures are placed in your mouth immediately after the teeth are removed. The advantage of Immediate Full Dentures is that you will never be without teeth. However, since the jaw bone changes shape as your mouth heals, a follow-up visit is required to tighten the dentures after the jaw bone has healed, and sometimes, the bone might change so dramatically that a completely new set might have to be made.
Partial dentures are another option when some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures are similar to a bridge, but are not permanently affixed in your mouth.
Dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh-colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that dentures feel bulky or don’t leave enough room for their tongue. Others say dentures feel loose. These feelings may affect the way you eat and talk for a little while, but over time your mouth should become accustomed to eating and speaking with your dentures, and they will feel more like your natural teeth. Your dentures may never feel perfectly natural, but it is much better than the alternative – no teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them as if they were. You should brush your dentures before taking them out of your mouth to remove plaque and food particles. After they have been removed, you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Finally, never try to adjust your dentures yourself because you could break them. Always seek assistance from us if your dentures feel loose or uncomfortable.