A denture is a prosthetic device used to replace the loss of several teeth, one arch, or both arches. Patients can select between removable dentures or fixed dentures. The primary differences are cost and how they are placed.
When several teeth are being replaced, a denture can be fabricated to be permanently cemented in place by crowning the abutment teeth. But for patients wishing to have a removable denture, the teeth can be replaced by placing clasps on the abutment teeth to support the denture.
Patients with removable dentures are often asked to leave them in day and night for the first few days. As with anything placed in the mouth that is different, a denture may increase activity with the salivary glands increasing the amount of saliva produced. This will return to a more normal amount in a day or two.
Eating and speaking might present the biggest challenges during the adjustment period. Removable dentures might feel like they are moving. Chafing gum tissue or sores might develop. If any of these conditions are present, return to your dentist for any needed adjustment. Adjustments are not uncommon during the first couple of weeks, so do not hesitate to contact your dentist as needed.
It is imperative that you do not attempt to make adjustments on your own. You might feel a little tweak is all that is needed, but any changes you may make could negate all the good work your dentist is doing to make sure your dentures perform correctly.
During the adjustment period, eating soft foods in encouraged initially. As you graduate to eating all foods, chewing deliberately and in small bites is encouraged.
Speaking may feel very different, so practicing in private (try talking into a mirror) might help. Ask your dentist for any exercises or drills that might be beneficial during the adjustment period.
Fixed dentures are permanently cemented into place. This can be completed by crowning abutment teeth or for the feel and appearance of biological teeth, dental implants is the perfect option.
Whichever option you select, the denture will be fabricated to perfectly match neighboring teeth resulting in the ability to eat, speak and smile with comfort and ease.