Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that are designed to replace missing teeth.

There are two main types of dentures, usually made out of metal and acrylic: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures replace a few teeth and are supported by the surrounding gums or teeth.

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Getting dentures can typically involve about 5-6 appointments. Appointments consist of taking multiple impressions, test fitting the dentures in their wax forms, and making any necessary adjustments before being processed into acrylic.

On the day of delivery of the final prosthesis, adjustments are made to ensure a comfortable fit. It may take some time for the patient to adjust to wearing the dentures, and subsequent adjustments will be needed. Depending on the amount of tissue support for the dentures, denture adhesive may also be needed to ensure adequate retention. There also is a learning period for speaking and eating with the new dentures. It is important to remember that dentures are not a replacement for teeth; they are a replacement for having no teeth.

It is important to properly care for dentures to ensure their longevity and the mouth’s health. Dentures should be cleaned regularly with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner. Patients should also continue visiting their dentist regularly to ensure that their dentures fit properly and monitor their oral health.

While dentures can be a good option for some patients, they may only be suitable for some. Some patients may experience difficulty eating and speaking with dentures, requiring adjustments or alternative treatments. Additionally, dentures may need to be replaced or relined over time as the mouth changes with age.

Fixed complete dentures are an alternative treatment to a traditional full denture.  Fixed complete dentures are those supported by jaw implants. There are a few different types of fixed complete dentures. However, they all provide more stability and function ability than regular traditional dentures