Removable dentures are used to replace missing teeth in your mouth and are a great option when you are missing many, if not all of your teeth. There are various types of removable dentures depending on your needs.
Removable Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth in patients who have some natural teeth remaining. They are a great option when you have lost many teeth or all of the back teeth. Removable partial dentures often have a metal framework to give it strength and pink or gum colored acrylic which attaches the missing teeth to the framework. In some cases, a full pink acrylic partial or flexible partial can be made.
Removable Complete Dentures
Removable complete dentures are used when you are missing all of your natural teeth in an arch. Complete dentures are made of pink or gum colored acrylic which holds denture teeth in place and covers the ridge where the missing teeth used to be.
Completed dentures can also have an implant retained portion. Implant retained dentures provide improved retention and function and overall better patient satisfaction. In many cases, your existing denture can be converted into an implant retained denture
How Dentures Are Made
The fabrication of removable dentures generally takes around 5 visits to the dental office. Several impressions are taken to ensure a perfect fit, along with measurements of your jaw and bite. You will also be given the opportunity to modify the color, size and shape of your new teeth prior to completion of your denture, giving you the smile you have always dreamed of.
New dentures often take several weeks to adjust to, and will feel different from your natural teeth or a previous denture. It takes some practice and patience to get used to eating, talking, inserting and removing your new denture. Sore spots sometimes develop under new dentures which will need to be adjusted by your dentist. Removable dentures do need periodic adjusting as clasps can become loose, teeth can shift, and your bone levels may change.
Caring for Your Dentures
Patients wearing dentures, even complete dentures, should still return to the dental office for yearly checkups and appropriate interval of cleanings. These short visits allow us to check the fit and health of the denture, the health of the gums and soft tissue holding the dentures in place, perform an oral cancer screening, check for cavities, and clean your dentures.
Dentures should be rinsed after eating to remove food particles and bacteria. Daily, you should brush your denture with a non abrasive toothpaste or soap and a soft denture brush. Be careful to avoid anything abrasive as this can damage your denture. Dentures should be taken out periodically throughout the day to allow the tissues to breath and prevent infection and damage to your gums. When not worn, dentures should be kept in a moist environment, such as a container with water. Current recommendations indicate the wearing of dentures at night to help prevent airway collapse.