Dentures are removable dental devices that are intended to replace several or all of a patient’s missing teeth. It is common for adult dental patients to seek a fitting for dentures after extensive bouts of tooth decay, dental trauma or treatment for unaddressed gum disease. If you are in need of high quality, well-fitting dentures – look no further than O’Brien Dental.
Should I receive full or partial dentures?
Depending on the condition of your smile, you may require either partial or full dentures. A complete set of dentures is required when all teeth are missing or require extraction. When some natural teeth are able to remain, you should be able to receive a partial denture.
Be sure to discuss your options with your dentist, as only a qualified dentist can properly determine which type of denture will best restore your smile.
How are dentures made and fitted?
Full dentures can be fitted immediately or after several weeks of time to manufacture. If your dentures are fitted immediately after your teeth are removed, you may have to return to the dentist for refitting several weeks later – after your gums have completely healed. If you wait to have your dentures fitted after your gums have healed, you will be required to live without teeth for several weeks following their extraction. A majority of patients now choose to have their dentures fitted immediately.
Will my new dentures be painful?
Because dentures are removable dental devices that mimic the function of real teeth, you should expect to need time to adjust to the fit and feel of dentures. Most patients report difficulty eating comfortably in the initial days or even weeks following denture fitting. Your gums may be swollen or irritated, as they grow accustomed to your dentures. We advise all new denture wearers to chew slowly as they adapt to wearing dentures. You should also plan to only eat soft foods or foods cut into very small pieces for the first few days.
As you get used to the feel of your new dentures, eating will feel more natural and you will be able to return to a normal diet.
How do I care for my dentures at home?
Dentures are relatively easy dental devices to care for. You should plan to remove them every night in order to clean them as well as your gums. Your dentures should be brushed daily with a special paste made for dentures. They should also be soaked overnight in a denture cleaning solution. You should also plan to continue to visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups of your gums and the fit of your dentures.
To learn more about your options for replacing missing teeth, including full or partial dentures – contact O’Brien Dental for more information today.