Types of dentures
1. Partial denture: It replaces one or more missing teeth. These can be tooth-supported or tissue-supported.
2. Complete denture: It replaces all of the natural teeth.
3. Over-denture overlying remaining natural teeth.
4. Implant retained overdenture.
5. Immediate denture: It is inserted immediately after the removal of teeth.
Denture hard or soft liners can be used in different situations to improve your comfort. These are required if the tissue underneath your denture has changed shape over time due to further loss of teeth or bone resorption. If the change is significant, a denture rebase procedure can be carried out. In extreme cases, a new denture can be constructed. If there is a problem with the bite, addition of acrylic to the biting surfaces or a denture remount procedure can be carried out.
What to expect from your new dentures?
Dentures are removable prostheses that replace missing teeth and associated structures (gums and bone). They can provide you with better soft tissue support (lips and cheeks). Initially, they may feel foreign particularly if you had not previously had the missing teeth replaced. This may cause hyper-salivation (increase salivary flow) in the first few hours. Speech can get affected particularly with upper dentures. As you get used to the dentures, these symptoms will subside.
The dentures are kept in place by clasps (metal projections), muscle control (tongue, cheek and lip muscles) or a combination of both. Eating with the dentures requires some practice. Start with soft foods cutting everything into small pieces. Do not use the front teeth to incise food as this will dislodge the dentures. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the denture from tipping. Be cautious with hot and hard foods. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet.
New dentures can lead to minor irritation or discomfort. You will be given review appointments to ensure the comfort of the denture and for relieving any sore spots that may arise.
How to look after dentures?
Always use your fingers to place, remove or adjust your denture.
Do not bite the denture into its position, as this will result in stresses to both your
teeth and your dentures leading to fractures.
To keep your denture clean