If you’re missing all of the teeth on your upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be right for you. Although these dental devices are also known as traditional dentures, they’ve come a long way since they were first introduced. Modern full dentures are much more comfortable and natural-looking than their predecessors, and can be fixed or removable.
Full dentures come in two varieties: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures can be used about 8 to 12 weeks after the final tooth is removed, giving your gums and jaw plenty of time to heal. However, it can be difficult to go that long without the use of your teeth. That’s why we also offer immediate dentures. This option can be worn as soon as you need them. The only downside is the time commitment, as you will need to return to the dentist periodically for refittings as your gums heal around the immediate dentures. Your dentist can advise you on whether conventional or immediate dentures are best for you.
Partial dentures are ideal for patients who are missing most of the teeth on their upper or lower jaw, but still have a few healthy teeth remaining. While full dentures are their own device, partial dentures are often connected to crowns placed over your remaining teeth. These crowns help anchor your partial dentures and allow for a more comfortable fit.
Similar to full dentures, partial dentures can be fixed, meaning they can only be removed at our office, or removable, which means that you can insert them at will. After you’ve received your partial dentures, your dentist can provide you with more information relating to dental care and when your dentures should be removed.
Caring for Your Dentures
It’s actually very easy to care for your dentures, whether they are full or partial. Fixed dentures can be kept clean with a thorough personal dental hygiene regimen, although certain toothpastes are not ideal for dentures. Your dentist can recommend an effective and safe denture cleaner. Partial removable dentures should be cleaned at least once a day to maintain proper cleanliness and remove any plaque. For this type of denture, do not use toothpaste, as most products are too abrasive for the material. A denture cleaner approved by the American Dental Association is the best choice.
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