Dentures come in various forms: fixed or removable, partial, or full, and with or without implant support, offering versatile solutions for replacing multiple missing teeth.
Full Dentures for Complete Tooth Loss:
Traditional dentures are removable prosthetics that do not require implants for attachment. Crafted with an acrylic base to replicate natural gums, they sit over the gums, holding the denture in place. Complete dentures are made after all teeth in either the upper or lower arch are extracted, and the gum tissue has healed. Denture paste or adhesive aids in securing the denture, which can be removed and cleaned when not in use.
Partial Dentures for Partial Tooth Loss:
A traditional partial denture is a removable option for replacing several teeth in one arch when some natural teeth remain. The acrylic base features metal attachments wrapping around existing teeth for additional support. Alternatively, partial dentures can attach to crowns on adjacent teeth. Like full dentures, removable partial dentures are removable and can be cleaned when not worn.
Implants serve as anchors for dentures, minimizing the base size and reducing prosthesis movement during use. Implants can support both full and partial dentures, whether fixed or removable.
A Denture or Partial Delivery:
- Dentures and partials may require multiple adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. To aid in adjustment, practice reading aloud daily.
- Remove dentures overnight or for at least six hours daily to allow mouth and gum rest. Clean dentures at night and store them in a denture-cleaning solution-filled container.
- Brush the roof of the mouth, tongue, and gums after denture removal to prevent trapped food particles and associated inflammation or sore spots.
- Some discomfort may persist for a few days after receiving final dentures or partials.
- Brush teeth and surrounding tissues after meals and snacks, and floss daily before bedtime. Full denture wearers should also brush their dentures daily.
- Rinse the mouth with water or mouthwash to remove any missing particles.
- Regular dental visits (at least once a year) are crucial for denture or partial adjustments and check-ups to prevent bone loss and oral disease due to ill-fitting prosthetics.
- Contact our office if you experience ongoing pain, discomfort, or concerns regarding your denture or partial.