Replacing missing teeth is vital if you want to maintain your good health and appearance. A denture is a removable, prosthetic appliance that replaces natural teeth. A denture can improve the way you eat and speak, and provides a natural look and smile.
A full denture replaces all the natural teeth, while a partial denture fills the spaces that are left when teeth are lost. Full dentures can be either “immediate” or “conventional.”
A conventional denture is placed in your mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing. An immediate denture put in place at the same time your teeth are removed. An immediate denture usually requires more adjustments, as it is worn while your mouth is still healing.
The entire denture process takes [about one month or five appointments]. During this time, impressions are made to ensure proper fit, and test dentures are placed to help choose the correct color and shape. While most can begin to speak normally within a few hours after their final denture is put in place, eating and chewing can be uncomfortable for a few days to a few weeks.
Caring for your Denture
Your denture is fragile, and should be cleaned on a daily basis. Partial dentures should be removed before brushing your teeth. When you are not wearing your denture, it should be soaking in a cleanser solution or water so that it will not dry out. Your denture should be removed at night to let the tissues of the mouth breathe and ensure healthy gums.
Your denture will wear out over time. As you age, the bones under your denture shrink, and you may need adjustments to ensure a proper fit. Adjusting your denture regularly can extend its life.