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Dentures

 

What are Dentures?
 

Dentures are false teeth made to replace teeth you have lost. Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw. Partials replace one or a few teeth.

 

Advances in dentistry have made many improvements in dentures. They are more natural looking and comfortable than they used to be. But they still may feel strange at first. In the beginning, Dr. Hernandez may want to see you often to make sure the dentures fit. Over time, your mouth will change and your dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. Be sure to Dr. Hernandez handle these adjustments.


Speaking and eating may feel different with dentures. Be careful when wearing dentures because they may make it harder for you to feel hot foods and liquids. Also, you may not notice things like bones in your mouth.


What's the difference between conventional dentures and immediate dentures?

Complete dentures are called "conventional" or "immediate" according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth.


Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, Dr. Hernandez takes measurements and makes the models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit.


An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly. A conventional dentures can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks.


What is an Overdenture?

A removable dentures that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants is called an overdenture. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture. Dr. Hernandez can determine if an overdenture would be suitable for you.


What will dentures feel like?
 

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 diminish. One or more follow-up appointments with Dr. Hernandez are generally needed after a denture is inserted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult with Dr. Hernandez.