Full dentures replace all of the teeth on either the upper or the lower arch; a partial denture replaces just a few teeth on either the upper or lower arch.
Denture fittings begin with impressions of your mouth to provide an accurate mold of the shapes and contours of your gums and remaining teeth. Then the impression is sent to a dental lab that specializes in custom denture fabrication using the most advanced materials for a secure and comfortable fit and a result that looks more like your own natural teeth. Once the denture is ready, it will be carefully adjusted so it fits properly.
That depends on the number of teeth you are having replaced and whether you’ve worn dentures in the past. Generally, most people adjust within a week or two of receiving their dentures. Reading out loud at home and eating different types of foods can help speed the adjustment process as well as help you get used to the way your dentures feel and work during talking and eating. Many patients initially feel their dentures are too large or are protruding too much; these sensations are normal and usually resolve as the dentures become more comfortable.
Implant-secured or implant-attached dentures are dentures that are attached to metal posts implanted into your jawbone. Unlike regular dentures that rest on the gums, implant dentures offer a very secure fit that prevents embarrassing slippage. Many patients find them more comfortable to wear than traditional dentures.
No, you can care for dentures with regular brushing and by using special soaking tablets when needed for a really deep clean. When you aren’t wearing your dentures, store them in water or a soaking solution to prevent them from drying out.
Denture adhesives can improve the fit of dentures for some people, helping to reduce the risk of slippage and the development of painful sore spots as well as the risk of subsequent infections. But the most important thing you can do to ensure that your dentures continue to fit properly is to have regular dental checkups so that Dr. Koo can adjust them as your jawbone changes shape over time.
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