What are dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth. They are loose prosthetics that can be taken out and put back into your mouth.
Are dentures a good option for me?
Although most people need to adjust to having dentures, today's dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than ever.
You might need to consider dentures if you have:
- Lost one or more teeth
- Loose or moving teeth
- Difficulty chewing food
- Severe toothache
Types of dentures
A conventional full denture is placed into your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed. Healing may take up to several months. During this time, you will have no teeth.
Immediate Full Denture
The dentist takes measurements and makes models of your jaw. The remaining teeth are removed, and the full denture is inserted immediately after this. Although immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to go without your teeth, they still have to be relined months after being inserted.
A partial denture is placed on a metal framework that connects to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on your natural teeth and act as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures are removable and offer a suitable alternative to bridges.
How to care for your dentures
- When handling your dentures, stand over a basin of water to avoid dropping them
- Place your dentures in plain water or a cleanser soaking solution or when you're not wearing them. Never use hot water
- Brush your dentures daily keep them from staining
- Brush your tongue, gums, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures.
- Consult your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose.