A full denture (or complete denture) replaces all the natural teeth while a partial denture replaces only some of the teeth. Partial dentures can be very useful in patients who aren’t able to support a bridge. Bridges require a healthy tooth on either side of the gap to provide support. When a tooth is lost far back in the jaw, there may not be a neighboring tooth that’s able to support it or the teeth on either side may be too weak to sustain the additional pressure, even with a crown.
The denture fitting process begins with an impression which is sent to the lab where the dentures will be made. Usually, dentures are made a few weeks after teeth have been extracted to enable any residual swelling to subside so the denture fits comfortably. Dentures are made using the most advanced computer-aided techniques and state-of-the-art materials for greater comfort, better fit, and superior durability, and today’s materials ensure dentures look just like natural teeth. Once the dentures are made, they’re carefully fitted and adjusted to ensure they rest securely on the gums. Periodic adjustments will keep dentures fitting securely to avoid slippage and painful sore spots.
Montville Dental Associates also offers implant-supported dentures, which is a great solution for patients who do not have teeth but have enough bone in the jaw to support implants. These dentures are normally made for the lower jaw, but patients are able to receive them in the upper jaw if necessary. Once an implant is placed the jawbone, the dentures can be attached to the implants.
No, dentures can be cared for with regular brushing with a soft-bristled brush and soaking agents can be helpful in providing a deep clean in all the crevices.
Most people find they get used to dentures within a week or so, although it may take a little longer to get used to full dentures. Reading aloud and eating a variety of foods at home before socializing can “speed up” the adjustment process.
Yes, even if you have no natural teeth, it’s still important to see the dentist for routine denture fittings and to ensure your gums stay healthy. Plus, regular office visits provide an opportunity to adjust your dentures so they fit as securely and comfortably as possible.
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