Dentures are used to replace missing teeth due to tooth decay, injury, and gum disease. They are removable appliances and can help benefit your appearance and your health. Missing teeth can make your facial muscles sag and make it hard to eat and speak. Dentures closely resemble your natural teeth in look and feel. Dentures fill out your profile and face, help you eat and speak, and can improve your smile. Dr. C may recommend full or partial dentures depending on the number of missing teeth and their location.
Full or complete dentures may be either immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are made in advance and are put into place right after your teeth have been removed. While you will not have to be without teeth during the healing period with immediate dentures, these types of dentures may require adjustment as the gums heal and shrink. Normally immediate dentures are used as a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made and placed. Conventional dentures are placed after the gums begin to heal, about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Since the gums have had a chance to heal, conventional dentures usually require less adjustments to fit properly.
Partial dentures replace missing teeth and keep the remaining teeth from drifting out of place. Partial dentures replace missing teeth when one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Replacement teeth are attached to a gum-colored base, and may be fixed or removable. Fixed partial dentures, or a bridge, is cemented into place. Removable partial dentures may use internal attachments or clasps which attach to the adjacent crowns to hold them into place. Partial dentures are very natural looking and can be matched to the color and shape of your natural teeth.
Receiving Your New Dentures
It will take a few weeks and several appointments to receive your new dentures. At the first visit the doctor will take impressions of your jaw and measure how your jaws relate to one another. Models, plastic patterns and/or wax forms are taken in the exact shape and pattern of your new dentures. This model is then tried on several times so that the shape, color, and fit may be assessed before the final denture is cast. Once the final cast is made this is sent off to the lab so that your new dentures can be created. When you receive your new dentures the doctor will adjust them for fit and comfort. You will need to return to the office periodically for adjustments since your gums recede as they heal.
Living with Your New Dentures
At first you may find it difficult to eat with your new dentures. This is because the muscles of the cheeks and tongue have to get used to holding the dentures in place. Your new dentures cause a bit of discomfort at first as you remove and replace them, and you may notice an increase in saliva, but these conditions should usually disappear in a short time while your mouth adjusts to your new dentures.
While you are adjusting to your new dentures avoid hard foods and cut your food up into small piece to make it easier to eat. The doctor will advise you on the use of denture adhesives and care for your new dentures.
Full and partial dentures replace missing teeth and restore your ability to eat and improve your appearance. Contact or call Chelkowski Dentistry in Austin today if you have questions about partial and full dentures. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions and look forward to hearing from you soon.