Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth and improve your quality of life. With practice, eating and speaking will be easier. You can smile freely without feeling embarrassed. Dentures can be made to look like your natural teeth. There may be only a small change in how you look. Full dentures may even give you a better smile. Dentures also support your cheeks and lips so that the face muscles do not sag and make you look older. You are the key to your new smile's success, and these four tips will help:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get used to your dentures.
  • Eat a balanced diet for good health.
  • Practice eating and speaking.
  • See your dentist regularly.

Partial Dentures vs. Complete Dentures

Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a few missing teeth whereas a conventional complete denture is made and placed in your mouth after the teeth are taken out and the tissues have healed. Healing may take several months. The framework of the complete denture, called the base, is normally made of plastic that closely matches the color of your palate (the roof of your mouth). When the base of the upper denture rests against the gums and palate, it makes a seal to hold the denture in place.

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Before Complete Upper Denture

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After Complete Upper Denture

Conventional Dentures vs. Immediate Dentures

Conventional dentures are dentures that are made and placed after the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed. Some patients may have the option of getting immediate dentures. For these, the denture is made before the teeth are removed. Once the denture has been made at the lab, the dentist removes the teeth at the next visit and the denture is placed right away. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to go without teeth during the healing time. Once healing is complete, the dentures may need to be adjusted.

What is an Over-Denture?

An over-denture is a denture that fits over a small number of natural teeth or implants. These can be much more tolerable and desirable due to the functional appeal. They provide the individual with a more stable solution compared to the standard common denture. Many people may refer to this as an "all-on-four" case, in which, as it sounds, is an over-denture supported by four implants.

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Caring for Your Dentures

Like natural teeth, you must take good care of your dentures. Here are some tips to care for your dentures:

  • Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped even a few inches above a hard surface. When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or a sink with cool water.
  • Brush each day to remove food deposits and plaque and to help keep the artificial teeth from getting permanent stains.
  • It is best to use a special brush and cleanser made for cleaning dentures, but you can use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Don't use hard-bristled brushes because they can damage dentures. You can use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean your dentures, but it does not take the place of careful daily brushing.
  • The denture needs to be cleaned two to three times daily.
  • Do not let your dentures dry out or they may lose their shape. When you are not wearing your dentures, put them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water.
  • Never soak dentures in hot water. It can cause them to warp.

Taking Care of Full Dentures

In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth is also vital if you wear full dentures. This includes brushing your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates your tissues and helps remove plaque.

What should I do if my dentures crack or break?

Call your dentist immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day at Kneib Dentistry. Damaged dentures can cause additional oral health problems, so see your dentist right away. Never attempt to repair dentures yourself. They require professional repair and adjustment.

Dentures FAQs

When is it time to get dentures?

You may want to consider getting dentures if:

  • Your teeth are loose and shifting
  • You have red, swollen, bleeding or otherwise painful gums 
  • You have multiple teeth missing
  • You have severely decayed and/or damaged teeth
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