Partial Dentures & Full Dentures

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Full Denture Video

Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Depending on your individual needs, they may be full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed and partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the mouth.

There are two types of full dentures:

Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given 2-3 months to heal before the dentures are fitted. It could take several 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, we will take measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth during the same appointment. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have follow up visits to refit your dentures because the bone and gums will change shape as your mouth heals. After one to two years, immediate full dentures may feel loose depending on how much your tissues shrink and you may need to be fitted for a conventional full denture at that time.

Your dentures will take some time to get used to. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times, the dentures feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk temporarily. Over time, your mouth will be trained on how to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more like your natural teeth.

Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should remove them at night and brush them to remove plaque and food particles. After they have been removed, you should place them directly in a cup of room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them. If you have any questions about dentures or are interested in a consult for dentures, please call us at (979) 543-2737.

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