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Do you have questions about dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Dentures can take some getting used to, as they will never feel the same as one's natural teeth. Dentures are often the least expensive way to replace missing teeth, but they are also often the least desirable way of replacing teeth, because of how difficult it can be to adapt to the denture(s).
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
A complete denture is used when all the teeth are missing. All teeth must be removed before a complete denture is placed in your mouth. Healing may take several months. During this healing period, you may be without teeth. Often the denture can be placed the same day teeth are removed. Healing can then take place under the denture. This is called an "immediate denture". The disadvantage is that over a few weeks or months the healing will cause the bone under the denture to change and shrink some. That means that the Immediate denture almost always need to be modified (relined) within a few months (A reline is a separate procedure and is generally charged out separate from the denture.)
A partial denture is used when some teeth remain. A partial denture rests on a metal or acrylic framework that attaches to your teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your teeth and serve as anchors for the partial denture. A Partial denture can be a removable alternative to a bridge
How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?
New dentures (most often complete dentures) may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks, months, or even longer. Eating and speaking with dentures takes parience and practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon, while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual. Many times, adjustment and "fine tuning" will be needed after the new dentures are delivered to the patient. If you experience irritation, see your dentist.
How Long do Dentures Last?
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Relining means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen. This makes it harder for the dentures to stay in place making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup. Most patients need a reline of complete dentures form every year to every five years. Dentures wear out. Depending on the patient, how quickly his / her bone changes and his / her chewing habits, a denture may need to be replacedas frequently as every 3-5 years or as infrequently as after 20 years.