Full dentures replace all of the upper, and/or lower teeth. Dentures have enabled millions of people to chew and smile years after their natural teeth have been lost due to disease, or accident. Implants as well are a good way to stabilize a denture. A new set of dentures will feel very different than natural teeth, however, with our kind and caring staff here at Victorian Dental, we will help you through the transition process. Our denture lab utilizes high quality materials, while still allowing us to offer very competitive pricing.
There are several steps involved in the fabrication of a denture, and one must learn to chew and smile with new dentures, much like learning to ride a bike. Once a patient learns to wear properly fitted dentures, they quickly become more natural to be worn to the patient, much like wearing shoes. Often times, adjustments must be made to a new denture. These adjustments must be made in small increments to ensure the proper fitting of the final denture.
Another option is the relining of old dentures, depending on the age of the denture. The ability to reline dentures is on an individual basis, and depends greatly on the age of the denture.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water, or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water for your dentures because it can warp them. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself, this can ruin them. You should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
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If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from Periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance, and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak normally, things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made, and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed, and tissues have healed, which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements, and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What's the difference between conventional dentures, and immediate dentures?
Complete dentures are called "conventional" or "immediate" according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth.
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 the preliminary visit.
An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. The bones and gums however, 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 re-basing, or relining to fit properly.
A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks.
What is an Over-denture?
An Over-denture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth, or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability, and support for the denture. Your dentist can determine if an Over-denture would be suitable for you.
What will dentures feel like?
New 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 with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted. If any problems persist, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.
Will dentures make me look different?
Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that little change in your appearance will be noticeable. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile, and help fill out the appearance of your facial profile.
Will I be able to eat with my dentures?
Eating 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, hard, and sharp-edged foods such as fish with bones present.
Will dentures change how I speak?
Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud, and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures "click" while you're talking, try speaking 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. If a speaking problem persists, consult your dentist.
How long should I wear my dentures?
Your dentist 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 to wear dentures continuously.
Should I use a denture adhesive?
Denture adhesive can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need to be relined, or replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause any pronounced discomfort, consult with your dentist immediately.
How do I take care of my dentures?
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 dish-washing liquid, which are both acceptable for cleaning dentures. Avoid using other powdered household cleansers, which may be too abrasive. Also, avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture.
Your dentist can recommend a denture cleanser. Look for denture cleansers with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated, and approved for safety and effectiveness.
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. Your dentist will recommend the best method for you. Never place dentures in hot water, which can cause them to warp.
Ultrasonic cleaners are also used to care for dentures. Using an ultrasonic cleaner however, does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
Can I make minor adjustments, or repairs to my dentures?
You 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.
See your dentist if your dentures break, crack, chip, or if one of the teeth becomes loose. A dentist 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. Denture Glue sold over-the-counter often contains harmful chemicals, and should not be used on dentures.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
Over time, dentures will need to be relined, rebased, or remade due to normal wear. To reline, or rebase a denture, the dentist uses the existing denture teeth, and refits the denture base, or makes a new denture base. Dentures may need to be replaced if they become loose, and the teeth show signs of significant wear. Dentures become loose 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.
Must I do anything special to care for my mouth?
Even 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.
How often should I schedule dental appointments?
Your dentist will advise you about how often to visit. Regular dental check-ups are important. The dentist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly. The dentist 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 smile.