Well-fitting, natural-looking dentures.
Full denture overview.
When do I need full dentures?
Conventional, immediate, or temporary dentures. How do I choose which denture is best for me?
A conventional full denture must be given after:
- All remaining teeth have been extracted
- Gums have healed, and shrunk to final size. This may take several months in which you would have to live without any teeth. But your dentist will have an interim solution for you in the form of an immediate denture.
An immediate full denture will also be made to size for you but measurement will have been taken by your dentist in a prior visit and an exact denture made before the extractions. It will fit your gums immediately after the extractions. A disadvantage is that as the gums heal and shrink, the denture will no longer fit, and will have to be relined after a few months.
Another alternative is a temporary denture to be used until your permanent denture is made. This will help you get used to wearing a denture and give you partial capability to chew, speak, and smile.
What are false teeth called?
Getting used to a denture.
Caring for your denture.
After the gums have shrunk, your gum will still shrink with age. Hence, your denture will have to be “rebased,” that is, the base may have to be relined under the same teeth. Other than that you can prolong the useful life of your denture following the tips below:
- Dentures are delicate. Handle them over a spread towel or a basin of water.
- When not wearing, keep them soaked in a denture soaking solution or plain water. Never expose them to hot water or heat.
- Brush the denture daily to clean them of food remnants, and to avoid staining them. An ultrasonic cleaning is not as good as brushing.
- Brush your gums, tongue and palate softly every morning. This will do nothing to the denture but will stimulate blood flow in your mouth and thus reduce age-dependent shrinking of the gums.
- See your prosthodontist at least once annually.
- Never wear a cracked, chipped or broken denture, nor try ever to repair it yourself. See your prosthodontist.