Complete dentures are replacements for when all of the teeth in the arch (top or bottom) are missing or need to be extracted. While dentures will never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, complete dentures today are more natural looking and more comfortable to wear than ever. Full dentures consist of a base of gum colored acrylic that fit over your gums with natural looking teeth on top.
- Conventional Dentures – Conventional dentures are recommended after any remaining teeth have been removed and all tissues have healed. Healing of the tissues after extractions may however take several months.
- Immediate Dentures – Immediate dentures are recommended for patient who have teeth and all of the remaining teeth need to be removed. The denture is delivered on the same day as the extractions so that there is no time between having teeth and them being removed. While, immediate dentures offer the benefit of never being without teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted because the supporting bone and tissue reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
New dentures can feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. With time and practice, eating and speaking become more natural. During this initial period, it is not uncommon to have a them feel bulky or loose, while the muscles and tongue learn to hold them in place. As time goes on, however, your gums and underlying bone may change, this can cause the denture to get loose. Relines and re-basing are the process of re-adapting them to these changes. People who do not have any teeth should still continue to see their dentist for check ups to make sure there are no other issues with either the denture or underlying tissues.
If you have questions about complete dentures, don’t forget to ask Dr. Mauck or Dr. Ricci about the possibilities for your teeth.