All About Removable Dentures
A Removable Denture is advised to patients as a replacement for missing teeth. Removable Dentures are of two types
Removable Complete Dentures - When a Denture replaces a complete set of missing teeth
Removable Partial Dentures - When a Denture replaces few missing teeth, and takes support of other healthy teeth in the mouth
A Complete Denture is made up of two parts -
- Base - Similar in color to your Gums
- Teeth - similar to color of your Teeth
Denture are custom made for every individual who requires them and it takes 5-7 dental visits to make dentures, if any other dental treatment such as extraction of unhealthy teeth, treatment of alveolar ridges (gum area left after extraction of teeth), etc. are not required.
Your dentist, after clinical examination and diagnosis, will usually go through the
following procedures to fabricate your Complete Denture.
- Primary Impression - first impression of your jaw bases
- Secondary Impression - second, fine impression of your jaw bases
- Jaw Relations - records how your jaw close together
- Denture Trial - trial of your denture made in wax
- Final Denture Delivery - final denture is delivered
Although this is a common protocol, there may be other steps involved depending on the clinical situation. Therefore, expect to visit your dentist at least 5-7 times to get your complete denture fabricated.
Frequently Asked Question
Q. How do I take care of my Dentures?
A. Denture are easy to maintain but require daily care. Just like natural teeth, dentures are suppose to be cleaned daily. Brush your denture using a denture brush of a soft toothbrush, to prevent staining of dentures. Moisten the brush with clean water and use a denture paste or a non abrasive soap (do not use regular toothpaste). Clean all surfaces of your denture using a gentle brushing action. After cleaning, rinse them well under running water and soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution, as prescribed by your dentist.
Q. Can I wear my denture during sleep?
A. You should avoid wearing dentures while sleeping. Clean your dentures and store in water at night. This allows your gums and bone to relax by avoiding constant pressure on them from the dentures. You should not wear your dentures 24 hours a day and remove them at least 8 hours every day.
Q. Can I eat normally with dentures?
Using your dentures is a learning process and most patients need sometime
Most patients need to learn how to use dentures properly and as a result, it takes a little time to get used to them. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Using a small amount of denture adhesive (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help stabilize the dentures and help hold them in place while you learn how to get comfortable with them and may make the learning process easier.
Chewing gum: Dentures and chewing gum do not usually work well together, no matter which brand of chewing gum you decide to try. The gum typically sticks to the acrylic plastic in the denture and may break a seal on the dentures, which will loosen them as a result. Gum may remain stuck to the denture and eventually harden and discolor. Ultimately, if you wear dentures, you should avoid chewing gum.