A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it prevents other teeth from shifting. Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be re-made, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Things to expect after treatment:
- Sore Spots: Usually your mouth will have a few “sore spots” after wearing the denture/partial for 24 hours. These areas can be relieved with very little effort in the office. Just call if you feel a sore spot.
- Chewing: The new bite may not feel completely comfortable for several weeks. We can adjust the contacting surface of your teeth after the dentures/partials have settled into place.
We have done our best to provide you with well-fitted, functional, and esthetic dentures/partials. We feel confident that after a few weeks of becoming adjusted to the new dentures/partials, you will have years of satisfaction from them. Over time, your jawbone and gums shrink when there are teeth missing. When this occurs, your dentures/partials will feel loose and may require relining. Wearing ill-fitting dentures/paritals for too long, after they have settled into place, can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease.
Please call our office should your partial/denture feel loose due to the above reasons.