Dentures can be a wonderful benefit for many people. In fact, there are millions of denture-wearers in the United States! The teeth are usually attached to a gum-colored plastic base, and the teeth are crafted to look like natural teeth. Most often, patients with some remaining teeth opt for an “immediate” denture. This denture is inserted directly following extractions of any remaining teeth. This is a great advantage so our patients do not ever have a time without teeth.
Before the placement of these dentures, precise measurements have been taken of the jaw, and impressions have been made. The impressions serve to create the first new pair of teeth that will be placed. While the gum tissues heal after extractions, the gums will be swollen for a little while. We monitor your progress with regular visits starting with the day after the immediate dentures are placed. Gum swelling will reside over several months time. Once the gums have completely healed, a new set of dentures will be made to fit the exact size and shape of your mouth again. This final set will fit more securely and will serve years of delicious meals and beautiful smiles.
Getting used to a denture may take a few weeks and may feel a little awkward or bulky at first. You may notice an increase in saliva flow, some difference in speech, or minor soreness. However, we will provide specific instructions to keep you as comfortable as possible. Sometimes, the denture puts too much pressure on areas of the mouth, causing soreness. This is generally fixable with a short visit for an adjustment. Be careful to avoid overly hard or sticky foods that could damage your denture. Although you will not need to clean your denture after every meal, it is important to remove and clean your denture daily. Use a toothbrush and cleaning solution made for dentures, and we will also recommend the best care products for your new teeth.
Your dentures should be handled with care, as they can be broken or damaged. When brushing your partial, it is a good idea to do so over a sink full of water or over a folded towel. This will provide a soft cushion should you accidentally drop your denture. The lifespan of a denture generally lasts between 10-20 years. If the denture becomes damaged or ill-fitting, it will most likely need to be replaced. Denture patients should have an annual check up with us. During this visit, we thoroughly clean the gums and make sure there are no areas of concern to address.