Complete Dentures and Partials
If you've lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from teeth or dentures, facial muscles sag, making the face look older. Dentures enable you to eat and speak as normally as you did with your natural teeth.
There are various types of complete or "full dentures". A conventional full denture is made and placed in the mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take some time. In some cases, an immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. During your preliminary visit, Dr. Jain will take measurements and make models of your jaw. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, it's important to take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This will stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque. Dr. Jain recommends leaving dentures out of the mouth overnight to give the tissue a chance to rest.