Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full, partial or single dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow-up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Flexible Partial: Many people consider a Flexible Partial to be the most comfortable option for their denture. The Flexible Partial offers a uniquely beautiful aesthetic quality that is unrivaled. A Flexible Partial moves with you naturally, giving you confidence while talking, eating, and most importantly, smiling! This style of denture is sometimes referred to as a “Valplast” Flexible Partial Denture. One limitation to this style of partial is that it may not be the best choice in certain cases with many missing teeth. Here a non-flexible partial may work better.
Cast Metal Partial Denture: The cast metal partial denture is stronger, less bulky and offers a great fit. This partial has a metal framework to which is attach high-quality denture teeth. It is usually not quite as cosmetic as the Flexible Partial and takes a little longer at our lab since the special metal framework adds an extra step in processing.
Acrylic Partial Denture: Acrylic partial dentures are more affordable, but they tend to feel bulkier. This partial has an acrylic base into which the denture teeth are set and is attached to your natural teeth with small wire clasps. Many of our guests enjoy this metal-free option.
- You will experience some discomfort with any new denture for a few days. All new dentures need several adjustments to completely and comfortably fit your mouth.
- You should take the dentures out every night and keep them in a clean container containing water or denture cleaning solution. Your gum needs rest and to be without the dentures every day for a period of time.
- Clean dentures thoroughly with brush and water before putting them back in your mouth.
- It may be difficult to talk normally with the new denture for a few days. A way to practice is to read a book or newspaper out loud for a period of time every day. Your tongue and muscles will get used to the new denture and you will talk normally very soon.