Treatment for a Full Mouth Denture

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Pre-denture healthy visit

The first visit will be to make sure that the gums and soft tissue are healthy and ready for the new teeth
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Denture length and plane adjustment

The second visit is when we decide the length of the new teeth based on the patient’s mouth.
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Denture wax try-in

During the third visit, we will replace the loose tray with the actual final plastic teeth.
You Don’t Have to Live With Tooth Loss

What is Dentures?

Full Mouth Denture are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because denture make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.

When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Denture can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Denture may even improve the look of your smile.

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Types of dentures:

  • Conventional
    This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
  • Immediate
    This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
  • Over Denture
    Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An over denture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function, too.

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Denture Instructions

It is sometimes difficult to get used to your newly placed dentures. They can feel bulky, loose and awkward. In order to make your adjustment period smoother, here are a few guidelines to follow:

  • Wear your dentures all the time after you first receive them.
  • Never use adhesives on your dentures unless instructed to by your doctor.
  • When you go to sleep, remember to always remove your dentures.
  • Always brush your dentures after removal and store them in a bowl of water. You can soak your dentures in a denture cleaner as well, but only after you have brushed them.
  • If you experience any sore spots, looseness or discomfort please let your doctor know so they can help.

Never try to adjust your dentures on your own, each individual will have a different adjustment period and it will take time for you to become comfortable with your new teeth.

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New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.

Even if you wear full dentures, you still have to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.

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Denture Resorption

Approximately 40% of your jawbone structure will be gone after wearing your dentures for just six months. You will begin to notice that your dentures aren't fitting the way they used to after a few years of wearing them as well. This is because over the years, the structure of your jawbone becomes unable to support your denture. The same thing happens even if you are wearing a partial denture.

Once the structure of your jawbone is gone, your options for tooth replacement become very limited. Dental implants can stop bone loss and provide your mouth with natural looking teeth before the jawbone structure is completely lost.

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Denture Care

Whether you have full, partial or implant dentures, all forms must be properly cared for and cleaned. Here are a few tips to keep your dentures looking great:

  • Remove and rinse your dentures after eating
  • Carefully handle your dentures (don’t bend or damage while cleaning)
  • Clean your mouth after denture removal
  • Brush your dentures each day
  • Soak your dentures overnight
  • Rinse your dentures before putting them back into your mouth
  • Schedule regular dental checkups

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