Dentures replace rows or arches of missing teeth. These dental restorations can be removed and put back into your mouth. Depending on each individual patient’s case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures.
Dentures in Galveston, TX
There are two types of full dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed, and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and you will be without teeth during this time.
- Immediate Full Dentures – Before removing your teeth, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend time without teeth. However, you will need a follow-up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option in our Galveston, TX office when not all your teeth need removal. This is similar to a bridge but not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Caring for Dentures
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh-colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say it feels bulky or lacks room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect how you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures, and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After removing them, you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so ensure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
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