Conventional Versus Immediate Full Dentures
We offer a variety of different denture options to our patients in Ogden. There are two types of full dentures. Conventional full dentures are when all of the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal. Once healed, the full set of dentures is placed. The time it takes for the tissue to heal could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. During this time, the patient will go without teeth.
Immediate full dentures are placed in the same dental visit. Prior to pulling the remaining teeth, the dentist will take measurements of the patient’s mouth. When the patient returns for the procedure and directly after the patient’s remaining teeth are removed, the denture is placed. The patient’s jawbone and mouth may shift in the healing process, so the dentist would recommend a follow-up visit to check the placement of the dentures. Over time, the dentures will need to be tightened as the patient’s mouth heals.
There are also partials. These are similar to a bridge. Any kind of false teeth will take time to get used to. The flesh-colored base is placed over the tops of the gums. Some patients feel that they get in the way or are a bit bulky. The denture may feel loose at times. Because of this, it may affect the way that you talk or eat, but over time they become less of a nuisance and you’ll feel comfortable with them.
Taking good care of your denture is essential for getting the most out of them. It’s also important for your oral health.
- When handling your denture, it’s a good idea to have a full sink of water or a folded towel ready in case it slips out of your hands.
- Dentures should be brushed daily to remove food and plaque, but don’t use toothpaste on them. Use a brush designed for cleaning dentures.
- Rinse your denture after every meal.
- Use a denture cleaner to clean your denture. Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid also works, but toothpastes and household cleaners are too abrasive. Bleach will whiten the pink part of the denture, so avoid it.
- If you use ultrasonic cleaners, make sure to still brush the denture.
- When not wearing the denture, it should be kept moist so they don’t dry out or lose their shape. Store them in cool water or a denture-soaking solution. We can recommend the best denture solution for your type of denture.
Denture Repairs and Adjustments
You may need one or more follow-up appointments for adjustments after getting your denture. Do not attempt to make adjustments or repairs on your own. Bending any part of the clasp or metal attachments will weaken them, and DIY denture repair kits can permanently damage dentures. Leave it to the professionals.
It’s important for dentures to fit properly. When they don’t, they can cause irritation and sores on the cheeks and gums. Get in touch with us if your denture breaks, chips, cracks, or one of the teeth becomes loose.
Replacing an Old Denture
Due to normal wear and tear and the changes our faces, jaws, and gums go through over time, your denture will eventually need to be rebased, relined, or even completely remade. If it is cared for properly, complete a denture should last up to seven years before you need replacements.
Caring for Your Mouth and Gums With Dentures
Even without teeth, we still need to brush twice a day. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your gums, tongue, and palate before the denture goes in and after it comes out. Doing so removes plaque and stimulates blood circulation. The teeth that fit under the denture’s metal clasps should receive special attention. Plaque can get trapped under the clasps and put those teeth in danger of tooth decay. A partial denture should be removed before you brush your natural teeth.
Take good care of your gums. They need regular cleaning, rest, and massaging. A daily warm salt water rinse will help keep your gums clean, and a balanced diet is important for oral health as well.
How Long Will It Take to Adjust to Dentures?
A denture will take time to get used to. The flesh-colored base of the dentures is placed over the tops of your gums. Some patients feel that they get in the way or are a bit bulky. The dentures may feel loose at times. Because of this, they may affect the way you talk or eat. Over time, they become less of a nuisance and you’ll feel comfortable with them.
How Does Cobble Creek Dental Help?
Dentures are a great replacement for missing teeth. They can be removed and put back in at any time. Here at Cobble Creek Dental in Ogden, we offer affordable false teeth while using the very best material on the market. The reason the dentist may recommend dentures is that in some situations a patient may not have enough healthy teeth left for other procedures. In such cases, the remaining teeth are removed and a full set of false teeth is provided.
For more information about partial or full dentures or to schedule a consultation, please call (801) 399-0458 or email us.