A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures replace all the teeth in an arch, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. 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.
Some complete dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth and are known as immediate dentures.
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 healing period in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require follow-up appointments for rebasing or relining to fit properly.
Getting used to your denture
For the first few weeks, a new denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture, as well as learning to chew certain foods, will require some practice.
Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. It is advisable to chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid sticky or hard foods, including gum.
If your denture is loose so that it no longer fits properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth loosens or is lost, see your dentist immediately. In many cases, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require that the denture be sent to a special dental laboratory.
Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. However, adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which can cause constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. Ill-fitting dentures may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with your dentist immediately.« Go Back