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Dentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are appliances that replace your missing teeth.  They are placed inside your mouth to assist you in chewing.  Dentures give your lips and cheeks support.  And while dentures will never feel exactly the same as a person’s natural teeth they are more comfortable than ever before.

There are two types of dentures:  Full dentures and partial dentures.  Depending upon how many teeth you have missing determines which type of dentures you will be fitted with.  If you are missing most or all of your teeth then you will likely be recommended full dentures.  However, you may only be missing a few teeth and a partial may be recommended for you.

How do Dentures Work?

Dentures are fabricated to fit over top of the gums of the mouth.  The top dentures have an arch that cover the entire roof of the mouth.  The bottoms are shaped more like a horseshoe and cover only the gums of the teeth.  This unique shape allows for room for your tongue.

Your dentures will be custom-made to fit your mouth specifically.  Your dentist will take an impression of your gums and then the dentures are precisely fabricated to fit your mouth.

Full Dentures or Partial?

A partial denture will be more of a bridge over a part of your mouth that has missing teeth.  The partial rests upon a metal framework that spans the area of missing teeth.  Sometimes crowns are placed overtop the remaining teeth to be used as an anchor for your partial.  Partials are removable and offer an alternative to a permanent bridge.

Conventional full dentures are dentures that are placed into your mouth after removing all remaining teeth.  The gums may take several months to heal.  During that time you will not have teeth.

Immediate full dentures are dentures that are inserted into the mouth immediately after any remaining teeth are removed.  You will have use of these dentures immediately, which is an added benefit.  However, you will have to have your dentures realigned after several months due to the fact that your jaw will realign while it heals from your teeth being removed.

How Long Before You Get Used To Your Dentures?

Your new dentures will take some time to get used to.  It may be a few weeks or months before everything begins to feel natural.  It will likely take some practice before eating and speaking with dentures is easier.  It may be that your mouth feels bulky or loose during this time while you get used to your new dentures.  And, your tongue may feel as if there is not enough room.  However all of this will pass with time.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

Dentures will likely wear down somewhat due to natural wear and tear.  It may be that your dentures will need to be remade, refined or rebased because of this.  Rebasing simply means make a new base for the teeth to be anchored into.  Another issue is that as you age your mouth continues to reshape.  Your dentures may need refitted because of this.  You should see your dentist annually for a check-up to ensure you have a proper fit and that your dentures are properly maintained.

Some tips for caring for your dentures:

•  Always clean your dentures overtop of a towel or a water basin to ensure that you do not drop them onto a hard surface.  Dentures are fragile to some extent and may break if dropped.
•  Do not let your dentures dry out.  If you pull your dentures out then immerse them in a denture cleansing solution or plain water.  Never use hot water.  This may warp the dentures.
•  Brush your dentures at least twice a day to remove food deposits and plaque.  This will help your dentures from becoming stained.
•  Brush your gums, soft-palate and tongue before placing your dentures back into your mouth.
•  If your dentures become loose, chip or break see your dentist right away to have them repaired professionally.

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*Dr. Durling is recognized as an Invisalign provider by Align Technology. **Cosmetic dentistry, implantology, implant dentistry, and TMJ therapy are specialty areas not recognized by the ADA and require no specific educational training to advertise this service. ***Dr Durling, Dr Crawford, and Dr Dexter are not specialists in orthodontics. ****Conscious sedation is taught as part of the post graduate residency program approved by the ADA. Dr Durling and Dr Crawford are certified in the State of Missouri for oral conscious sedation.