From the office of:
James A. Flerchinger, DDS, MAGD
36840 Industrial Way Dentures
Sandy, OR 97055-9254
AGD:FACTSHEET Compiled for you by the Academy of General Dentistry
What is a denture? How do you care for a denture?
A denture is a removable replacement • Remove and brush the denture daily
for missing teeth and adjoining tissues. with a denture cleanser or toothpaste
Complete dentures replace all of the and a brush designed speciﬁcally for
teeth, while a partial denture ﬁlls in cleaning dentures.
the spaces created by missing teeth • Avoid using boiling water to sterilize
and prevents other teeth from shifting the denture, because hot water can
position. Complete dentures are either cause the denture to lose its shape.
“conventional” or “immediate.” A con- • If you wear a partial denture, remove
ventional denture is placed in the mouth it before brushing your natural teeth.
after all of the teeth have been removed
• When you’re not wearing the denture,
and the extraction sites have healed. An
soak it in denture cleanser or water.
immediate denture is placed as soon as
the teeth are removed. • To avoid misplacing your denture,
store it in the same place after
Who needs a denture?
Candidates for complete dentures have
lost most or all of their teeth. A partial Should a denture be worn
denture is suitable for those who have at night?
Do you have questions about some natural teeth remaining. A denture While you may be advised to wear
dental health? improves chewing ability and speech, your denture almost continually during
and provides support for facial muscles. A the ﬁrst two weeks—even while you
At the AGD’s Web site, you can search denture can greatly enhance a patient’s sleep—under normal circumstances, it
more than 300 oral health topics, facial appearance and smile. is considered best to remove it at night.
post a dental question, sign up for Research has shown that removing the
e-newletters, ﬁnd an AGD dentist, denture for at least eight hours during
and more. How do you get a denture? either the day or night allows the gum
Visit us at The denture process takes about one tissue to rest, and permits for normal
month. There are usually ﬁve or more stimulation and cleansing of the mouth
appointments needed to complete the by the tongue and saliva. This promotes
process. The process includes the initial better long-term health of the gums.
diagnosis; the making of an impression
and wax bite to determine the dimen-
sions and proper jaw position; a “try-in” Are there any alternatives
to assure proper color, shape, and ﬁt;
placement of the ﬁnal denture; and
Dentures are no longer the only way
any minor adjustments. New denture
to restore a mouth that has little or
wearers need time to get accustomed
no teeth. Dental implants are artiﬁcial
to their new “teeth,” because even the
tooth roots that are surgically anchored
best-ﬁtting dentures will feel awkward at
into your jaw to hold a replacement
ﬁrst. Your normal speaking ability usually
tooth or bridge in place. Implants and
resumes shortly after ﬁnal denture place-
bridges may more closely resemble the
ment. In addition, in order to become
“feel” of real teeth, but they tend to
accustomed to chewing with the new
be more expensive than dentures. Not
denture, it is often recommended that
everyone is a candidate for implants and
you start with soft, easy-to-chew foods.
bridges, however. Talk to your general
To ensure proper ﬁt, see your dentist on
dentist to learn more.
a regular basis.
> For more information, visit www.agd.org or call 1.877.2X.A.YEAR (1.877.292.9327).