What are dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Partial dentures replace only a few teeth and a full denture replaces all teeth on either the upper or lower arch.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures help to restore proper bite, aesthetics, and to aid in speaking.
What is the process of getting dentures?
Dr. Nguyen can evaluate if dentures are the best option for replacing your missing teeth. If you have teeth that need to still be removed for a full denture, you can receieve an immediate denture after the extractions or wait until the bone heals and then get a permanent denture made.
What is the benefit of an immediate denture versus a permanent denture?
Immediate dentures provide an immediate replacement for missing teeth after extraction of the remaining teeth in an arch. While your bone is healing after extractions, the immediate denture may need to be relined and adjusted to fit your changing bone structure.
Permanent dentures are the best fitting denture, however, you have to wait until the bone is fully healed for the denture to fit properly. The downside is that you wouldn't have teeth until the bone is healed, usually several weeks to months.
What is a reline?
A soft reline is a procedure that can be done in office to help provide a cushion for rough spots where your denture may be causing pain.
A hard reline is a procedure that requires a new impression and the denture to be sent to a laboratory for a reline.
What is the best way to care for my denture?
- Your denture should be rinsed after each meal.
- To clean your denture, brush daily with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive cleanser, such as soap.
- Cleanse your mouth and gums at least once a day in order to prevent plaque build-up.
- When not wearing your denture, place it in water to prevent it from warping.