Dentures & Partial Dentures

Dentures are used as a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.

  • Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, Dr. McGue takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jawbone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jawbone has healed.

Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth are missing or need to be removed. A partial is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.There are several types of partials, so we will talk with you about the best type for your situation.

Repair of Damaged Dentures

Damaged dentures can cause additional oral health problems. If your dentures break, call us right away. Dentures can usually be repaired quickly and easily, often on the same day.

Never attempt to repair dentures yourself. Commonly used glues and adhesives often contain harmful chemicals and may actually do further damage to your denture. Come to us for professional repair and adjustment.

How do dentures feel?

New dentures will feel a little awkward until you become used to them. They might feel loose until the cheek and tongue muscles learn to hold them in position. It is not unusual to feel minor irritation or soreness at first. Regular fit adjustments can do a lot to relieve any soreness.
 

Do dentures ever need to be replaced?

We find that dentures need to be relined, remade, or rebased every so often because of normal wear and tear. Shrinkage of gum and bone tissue will also affect the fit. If changes in your mouth are significant, new dentures may be recommended.
 

Is it hard to eat while wearing dentures?

It can take a little practice. Start with soft foods that are cut into small pieces. As you become used to your dentures, you can return to your normal diet.

 

Are there foods you should avoid if you wear dentures?

There are only a few eating restrictions for denture wearers. Avoid biting down directly on crunchy or hard foods like whole apples, hard pretzels, crusty bread. Dentures can crack if you bite down on hard surfaces.

Are dental adhesives necessary?

Today’s dentures have been significantly improved through advances in both dental and materials technologies. As a result, dentures that fit properly usually don’t require adhesives to hold them in place. When you are just getting used to dentures, adhesives may be helpful at first.

A loose denture is a sign that it’s not fitting in your mouth correctly. At first, you may notice the denture slipping when you laugh, smile, or cough. The more you wear the dentures, the better you’ll be able to control their movements in situations like these.

If your mouth has insufficient bone structure, dental implants may be needed to hold the dentures in place. Ask Dr. McGue if an implant is right for you. Contact us today!

How do you clean dentures?

Begin by rinsing away loose food particles. Then, moisten a toothbrush and apply dentures cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.

What about oral hygiene?

In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth is vitally important. Brushing the gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures stimulates your tissues, helps remove plaque and keeps your mouth healthy.