Dentures are removable prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. Full (Complete) dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. Dentures not only replace missing teeth but they can also replace surrounding tissue that supports the face and smile.
There are two approaches that can be used when making an initial Full denture, conventional and immediate.
Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gingival (gum) and bone tissue has healed, usually in 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. The conventional denture will be developed over several appointments. This allows for fitting appointments that provide the opportunity for patients to add their input to the aesthetics of the conventional denture. Frequently patients will need their conventional denture periodically relined.
Immediate dentures are made in advance of the teeth extraction appointment. The immediate denture is placed at the same time the remaining teeth are extracted. The advantage of this technique is that the patient is never without teeth. The immediate denture will usually become the patient emergency back up denture. There are disadvantages with this technique. There is no opportunity to have a try-in and preview the appearance prior to finishing the immediate full denture. In addition as the gingival tissue (gums) and bone tissue heals voids, will develop between the denture and the tissue surface. Immediate dentures will need to be relined and frequently patients will need a conventional denture made a few months later.
It is expected for people to initially experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty. Fortunately this will often subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
Proper cleaning of your dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will positively impact the life of your new dentures.