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Dentures & Removable Partial Dentures

To replace your natural teeth

Get Fitted for Complete Dentures

Upon the loss of all natural teeth from periodontal disease, decay, or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth — and restore your smile. This benefits both your appearance and your health.

There are two primary types of complete dentures. The first is a conventional full denture, which is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed (which may take several months).

The second type is an immediate complete denture, which is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Here, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. This option generally requires that the denture be relined after a period of time to improve the fit.

The success of dentures depends greatly on adequate bone and gum support. If there is very little gum ridge, your dentist may recommend implants to establish a more secure fit.

Get Fitted for Partial Dentures

Partial dentures can be used when several, but not all, teeth are missing. Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth attached to pink or gum colored plastic bases connected by a metal framework.

A partial denture can delay the need for a complete denture, and the fit is always better. A partial is a good option where a fixed bridge or implants are not protocol, and the majority of patients have little difficulty adjusting to the appliance.

Aftercare Instructions: Dentures

The mouth is an extremely sensitive part of the body. Dental treatment of any kind requires taking extra care of the area after operation. Whether you have had a routine procedure, or something more complex like a tooth extraction or periodontal surgery, there are several important steps you can take to maximize the results of your procedure, prevent infection, and ease any discomfort you might experience. If you have any additional questions about your procedure or if you are experiencing abnormal bleeding, swelling, severe pain, or any reaction to medications, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Cleaning your dentures every day is one of the most important things you can do to help your smile keep its attractive appearance. If you skip cleanings, plaque can form on dentures, making them less bright. Failing to clean your dentures regularly can also result in staining and denture odor.

To clean your dentures, apply a denture cleansing paste to a denture brush or soft bristled toothbrush. Brush all surfaces thoroughly. While you sleep at night, soak your dentures in a cleanser (e.g., Fixodent). Brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation.

Commonly Asked Questions About Dentures

Are there alternatives to dentures?

Yes, implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges and eliminate the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but these implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth.

How long does it take to make dentures?

The denture development process takes about three to six weeks and several appointments. Following the delivery of the denture, you will need to return periodically for adjustments.

What do new dentures feel like?

New dentures may feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place and you become comfortable inserting and removing them. It is not unusual for minor irritation or soreness to occur, and these problems will diminish as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance.

Will eating with new dentures be difficult?

Eating with new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable for a few weeks. To get used to the new denture, start with soft foods and cut them into small pieces. As time goes on, you will be able to introduce harder foods and return to your normal diet.

Will dentures change how I speak?

After you get dentures, you may have difficulty pronouncing certain words. If so, practice by saying these words out loud. With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your dentures.

Are dentures worn 24 hours a day?

Once your Madison dentist has finished with all of the adjustments for your denture, you should only wear your denture during the day. This allows gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva.

Please request an appointment online for a dental treatment consultation with one of our dental professionals.




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