Full dentures are used to replace teeth when there are no teeth remaining. The teeth are made of prefabricated acrylic which comes in many sizes, shapes, and shades. They are processed into a custom-made acrylic base which is made to fit the gum tissue in your mouth snugly and comfortably.
Making a quality set of full dentures usually takes five appointments. Every patient presents with a unique shape of their oral tissue and relationship of their upper and lower jaws. Each patient also has unique aesthetic requirements depending on the size, shape, and tone of their face and jaws. Each of these five appointments is crucial for a final denture which looks, fits, and works well.
Conventional Dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. Conventional dentures are ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal, therefore, immediate dentures would usually require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made. The healing process is slower as it can take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.
It will take a bit of time to get used to your new denture, particularly if it is your first. Unfortunately, a full denture will not feel like your teeth did when you had them. They should, however, become comfortable and functional with time.
At first you will have some difficulty with speaking and this is to be expected.
Some people describe this as trying to talk with a “mouth full of marbles”.
Be patient; you will quickly adapt with practice and soon you will find you cannot speak properly without your denture.
There is no way to predict how long this will take, each patient adapts at a different rate.
Eating takes practice.
The important thing to remember is that you do not chew with your denture as you did when you had teeth. Natural teeth chew in an up-and-down motion. Denture teeth use a side–to-side motion to mash down the food.
Always cut your food into small pieces for more effective denture chewing.
It is unpredictable how well you will adapt to eating. Some patients can chew just about anything whereas others find they are limited in how well they can chew. All patients, however, do improve with practice, time, and a bit of patience.
Your denture will “settle in” in a short time and should fit well.
Upper dentures usually fit snugly and stay in with suction.
We will gladly adjust for any sore areas that develop.
The lower denture, however, does not develop this suction due to the different shape of the lower jaw.
The lower tends to “float.”
You will learn with time how to help hold the lower stable by the way you use your mouth while eating, speaking, and resting.
Once again, this takes time and it is not possible to predict how well each patient will adapt. Denture adhesives can help but we recommend you don't use them during the first few weeks of wearing your new denture.