Full dentures are a total replacement of all of your upper or lower, or both, with a removable set of teeth. Dentures are usually put in place when tooth decay or damage becomes so severe that saving existing teeth becomes too difficult.
Some of the side effects from having dentures are having difficulties eating, having sores, or simply keeping your dentures in place. With the expertise at our office, we make sure that having dentures is almost identical to having your own teeth. The patient will be fitted for their dentures before the removal of their teeth to ensure accuracy. After the removal of the teeth, and the patient’s gums have had a chance to heal (usually 5-12 weeks), they will be fitted again and to make any final adjustments.
There are several types of dentures available:
- Complete – these replace all teeth
- Partial – for those that still have healthy teeth and only need a section replaced
- Immediate – these are inserted immediately after the removal of your teeth
- Overdenture – removable dentures that fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth
Having dentures will require follow up appointments, especially during the first year. These appointments are so the dentures can be adjusted and cleaned. Dentures do not last a lifetime; their functional life is about 7 years. After that, they should be replaced to avoid any discomfort.