Lawrence Chen, DDS in Baltimore MD

Dentures Are a Viable Replacement Solution for Missing Teeth

If you have multiple missing teeth, you will need a replacement option to eat, and to have a smile you can feel confident about. Dentures are a popular replacement option for missing teeth. They are removable, so you can take them out and put them back in whenever the need calls for it. Depending on your individual needs, you may get partial or full dentures. Partial dentures are used when you still have many of your natural teeth, whereas full dentures are used when all of your lower or upper teeth have been removed.

Types of Dentures

  • Conventional Full Dentures. Full conventional dentures are used when all of your teeth have been removed and your gum tissue has had time to heal properly before the dentures are fitted and placed. Usually you will be without dentures during this time.
  • Full Immediate Dentures. Full immediate are an option when you do not want to go without any sort of replacement during the healing period. Before your teeth are removed, your dentist will measure your mouth and have dentures made. Once the teeth are removed, the dentures will be immediately placed. The advantage is that you will have an immediate set of replacement teeth. However, you will most likely need several follow-up visits to have the dentures adjusted since the shape of your jaw bone will change as your mouth heals.
  • Partials. Partial dentures are the perfect option when you still have some of your teeth remaining. They are sort of like a bridge, but they are not permanent.

Whatever type of denture you opt for, they will take some getting used to. Many people think that dentures feel bulky and that they don’t have enough room for their tongue, but this could just be down to the way they are made. Visit your dentist to discuss any issues, so that your dentures can be adjusted to correct the issues. As you wear them, they will begin to feel more like your own teeth. They are not as good as natural teeth, but they are a good alternative to having no teeth at all. You should take care of them just as you would natural teeth by brushing them and using cleaning solutions that are made for dentures. Do not use hot water, because your dentures may warp. Dentures are very delicate, so handle them with care. Schedule an appointment if you would like to be evaluated for full or partial dentures.


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