At Hazeldean Dental Group we may recommend dentures for patients missing one or more teeth.
What are Dentures?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to the teeth. It can be made of acrylic, plastic and sometimes porcelain and metal materials.
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting position. Complete dentures are “immediate” or “conventional.” An immediate denture is a complete denture or partial denture that is inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of your natural teeth. The immediate denture acts as a band-aid to protect your tissues and reduce bleeding after tooth extraction.
The conventional denture is ready for placement in your mouth about 8 -12 weeks after your teeth have been removed and your gum tissue has healed. Sometimes, we may recommend more time before placing a conventional denture.
As a new denture wearer, you will need time to get accustomed to your new “teeth,” because even the best-fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. While most patients can begin to speak normally within a few hours, you may experience discomfort while eating for several days to a few weeks.
To get accustomed to chewing with your new denture, start with soft, easy-to-chew foods. In addition, you may also notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow or minor irritation or discomfort.
It is also important to continue having regular dental checkups so that we can examine oral tissues for signs of disease or cancer. With age, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes.
To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust your denture or possibly remake your denture. Never attempt to adjust a denture yourself, and do not use denture adhesives for a prolonged period because this can contribute to bone loss.
Are there any alternatives to dentures?
Dental implants are a great alternative to dentures. Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture in place.
Implants and bridges resemble the “feel” of your natural teeth. Not all patients are good candidates for implants, be sure to consult with us to learn which treatment option is best for you.