The earliest form of denture was introduced
more than 2,000 years ago. Today, dentures are of better
quality and are more comfortable than ever before. Replacing
missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and
your appearance. A complete denture, also called a full
denture, replaces all the natural teeth and provides support
for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial
muscles can make a person appear older. And by replacing
missing teeth, dentures improve a person's ability to speak
and to eat. A denture is a removable replacement for missing
teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin
(a plastic), sometimes in combination with various metals.
Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial
denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and
prevents other teeth from changing position. Complete dentures
are either "conventional" or "immediate". A conventional
denture is placed in the mouth after all of the teeth are
removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate
denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The
drawback behind an immediate denture is that it may require
more adjustments after healing has taken place. An overdenture
is a denture that is constructed with special attachments
to attach it to some retained roots or dental implants so
that it will stay firmly in place.
needs a denture?
for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth.
A partial denture is suitable for those who have some
natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability
and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It
will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.
happens when you get a denture?
make a full conventional denture when all teeth have been
lost or all extraction sites have healed. An initial diagnosis
is made; an impression and wax bite are made to determine
proper jaw position; a "try-in" is placed to assure proper
color, shape and fit; and patients final denture is placed
, following any minor adjustments. New denture wearers need
time to get accustomed to their new teeth because even the
best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. Most patients
can begin to speak normally within a few hours, many patients
report discomfort with eating for several days or weeks.
To get accustomed to chewing with a new denture, start with
soft, easy to chew foods. In addition, denture wearers often
notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary
flow, or minor speech difficulty.
do you care for a denture?
denture is fragile, so it is important to handle with care.
Remove and brush the denture daily, preferably with a brush
designed specifically for cleaning dentures, using either
a denture cleaner or regular soap and water. Never use harsh,
abrasive cleaners, including abrasive toothpaste's, because
they may scratch the surface of the denture. Don't sterilize
the denture with boiling water or place it the dishwasher
because it will cause it to become warped. If you wear a
partial denture be sure to remove it before brushing your
natural teeth. When not in use, soak it in a cleaner solution
or in water. Get in the habit of keeping the denture in
the same safe and handy place to reduce the likelihood of
a denture be worn at night?
you may be advised to wear your new denture almost constantly
during the first two weeks even while you sleep-under normal
circumstances it is considered best to remove it at night.
Research has shown that removing the denture for at least
eight hours during the day or night allows gum tissue to
rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the
tongue and saliva. This promotes better long term health
up Denture Care
is important to continue having regular dental checkups
so that we can examine your oral tissues for signs of disease
or cancer. As you age, your mouth will continue to change
as the bone under the denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain
a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust your
denture or possibly remake your denture. Never attempt to
adjust a denture yourself and do not use denture adhesives
for a prolonged period because it can contribute to bone
loss. When in doubt, give us a call.
the difference between conventional dentures and immediate
dentures are called "conventional" or "immediate" according
to when they are made and when they are inserted into the
mouth. Conventional dentures are made and inserted after
the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed.Healing
may take several months. Immediate dentures are inserted
immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To
make this possible, the dentist takes measurements and makes
the models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit.
An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does
not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially
during the period of healing in the first six months after
the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures
may require rebasing or relining to fit properly.
is an overdenture?
overdenture is one that fits over a small number of remaining
natural teeth thahave been prepared by the dentist. The
prepared teeth provide stability and support for the denture.
We can determine if an overdenture would be suitable for
you when we examine your mouth and remaining teeth.
will dentures feel like?
dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become
accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the
muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.
It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness.
You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As
your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems
should diminish. One or more follow-up appointments are
generally needed after a denture is inserted. If any problem
persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to
dentures make me look different?
can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that
little change in appearance will be noticeable. Dentures
may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out
the appearance of your face and profile.
I be able to eat with my dentures?
will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into
small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth
at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As
you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until
you return to your normal diet. Continue to chew food using
both sides of the mouth at the same time. Be cautious with
hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells.
dentures change how I speak?
certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and
repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures
"click" while you're talking, speak more slowly. You may
find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh,
cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting
down and swallowing.
long should I wear my dentures?
will provide instructions about how long dentures should
be kept in place. During the first few days, you may be
advised to wear them most of the time, including while you
sleep. After the initial adjustment period, you may be instructed
to remove the dentures before going to bed. This allows
gum tissues to rest and promotes oral health. Generally,
it is not desirable that the tissues be constantly covered
by denture material.
I use a denture adhesive?
are made to fit precisely and usually do not require use
of an adhesive for comfort. In an emergency, denture adhesives
can be used to keep the dentures stable until you see the
dentist, but prolonged use can mask infections and cause
bone loss in the jaw. Likewise, a poorly-fitting denture,
which causes constant irritation over a long period, may
contribute to the development of sores. If your dentures
begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, see
your dentist immediately.
do I take care of my dentures?
are very delicate and may break if dropped even a few inches.
Stand over a folded towel or a basin of water when handling
dentures. When you are not wearing them, store your dentures
away from children and pets. Like natural teeth, dentures
must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque.
Brushing helps prevent dentures from becoming permanently
stained and helps your mouth stay healthy. It's best to
use a brush designed for cleaning dentures. A toothbrush
with soft bristles can also be used. Avoid using hard-bristled
brushes that can damage dentures. Some denture wearers use
hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid, which are both acceptable
for cleaning dentures. Avoid using other powdered household
cleansers, which may be too abrasive. The first step in
cleaning dentures is to rinse away loose food particles
thoroughly. Moisten the brush and apply denture cleanser.
Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage. Dentures
may lose their shape if they are allowed to dry out. When
they are not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture
cleanser soaking solution or in water. Never place dentures
in hot water, which could cause them to warp. Ultrasonic
cleaners are also used to care for dentures. However, using
an ultrasonic cleaner does not replace a thorough daily
I make minor adjustments or repairs to my dentures?
can seriously damage your dentures and harm your health
by trying to adjust or repair your dentures. A denture that
is not made to fit properly can cause irritation and sores.
If your dentures break, crack, chip, or if one of the teeth
becomes loose be sure to call. We can often make the necessary
adjustments or repairs on the same day. A person who lacks
the proper training will not be able to reconstruct the
denture. This can cause greater damage to the denture and
may cause problems in your mouth. Glue sold over-the-counter
often contains harmful chemicals and should not be used
my dentures need to be replaced?
time, dentures will need to be relined, remade or rebased
due to normal wear. To make a rebased denture, the dentists
uses the existing denture teeth and makes a new denture
base. Dentures may need to be replaced because a mouth naturally
changes with age. Bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink,
causing jaws to align differently. Shrinking ridges can
cause dentures to fit less securely. Loose dentures can
cause health problems, including sores and infections. A
loose denture also makes chewing more difficult and may
change your facial features. It's important to replace worn
or poorly-fitting dentures before they cause problems.
I do anything special to care for my mouth?
with full dentures, you still need to take good care of
your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate
with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures.
This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth.
Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important
for maintaining a healthy mouth.
often should I schedule dental appointments?
will advise you about how often to visit. Regular dental
check-ups are important. We like to check your mouth on
a regular basis to see if your dentures continue to fit
properly. We also examines your mouth for signs of oral
diseases including cancer With regular professional care,
a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one
of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a