From the office of:
Nguyet Kha, DDS
I Fact Sheet Dentures I
What are dentures?
dentist will provide instructions about how
long you should wear them. After the
initial adjustment period, your dentist may
tell you to remove the dentures before
you go to sleep. Research has shown that
A denture is a removable replacement for removing the dentures for at least eight
missing teeth and the tissues connected hours during the day or night allows the
to those teeth. It is made of acrylic plastic gums to rest and permits normal stimula-
and sometimes porcelain and metal tion and cleaning of the mouth by the
materials. A denture closely resembles tongue and saliva. This removal promotes
natural gum tissue and teeth. Complete better long-term health of the gums.
dentures replace all of the teeth, while
partial dentures fill in the spaces created How do I care for my dentures?
by missing teeth and prevent other teeth • Denture adhesives may be recom-
from shifting position. Complete dentures mended, especially for the first-time
are “immediate” or “conventional.” An denture wearer. Adhesives may
immediate denture is a complete denture improve the retention and stability
or partial denture that is inserted on the Dentures are not just for of dentures for those with minimal
same day, immediately following the bone support or small ridges. Stability
removal of the natural teeth. The immedi- elderly patients. Patients of the denture will help the wearer’s
ate denture acts as a Band-Aid to protect of any age may lose some confidence.
the tissues and reduce bleeding after • Remove and brush the denture daily
tooth extraction. The conventional den-
or all of their teeth and with a denture cleanser and a brush
ture is ready for placement in the mouth may require a denture of (one specifically designed for cleaning
about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have
been removed and the gum tissue has
some sort. dentures or a soft toothbrush).
• Avoid using boiling water to sterilize
healed. However, some dentists may the denture, because hot water can
recommend more time before placing a diagnosis; the making of an impression cause the denture to lose its shape.
conventional denture. and wax bite to determine the dimen- • If you wear a partial denture, remove it
sions and proper jaw position; a “try-in” before brushing your natural teeth.
Who needs dentures? to ensure proper color, shape, and fit; • When you’re not wearing the denture,
A partial denture is for people who placement of the final denture; and any soak it in denture cleanser or water.
still have some of their natural teeth. minor adjustments. • To avoid misplacing your denture, store
Dentures are not just for elderly patients. it in the same place after removal.
Patients of any age may lose some or all How do dentures feel?
of their teeth and may require a denture Dentures may feel awkward and loose Are there alternatives to
of some sort. Because teeth are a perma- at first because your cheek and tongue dentures?
nent part of the body, tooth loss can have muscles must learn to keep them in place. Dental implants are a possible alterna-
an emotional impact on some people. It Speech also may be temporarily, but mildly, tive to dentures. Implants are artificial
is important to talk to your dentist about affected. There also may be some minor tooth roots that are surgically anchored
any fears, anxiety, or other emotions you irritation or soreness. Saliva flow may into your jaw to hold a replacement
are feeling about tooth loss. increase for a short time. As your mouth tooth or bridge in place. Implants and
becomes accustomed to the dentures, bridges may resemble the “feel” of real
How do you get dentures? however, these problems subside. teeth, but they may be more expensive
The denture process lasts about one than dentures. Not all patients are good
month. Typically, five or more appoint- How long should I wear my candidates for implants, so be sure to talk
ments are needed to complete the dentures? to your dentist about which treatment
process. The process includes the initial If your dentures are removable, your option is best for you.
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