Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Dentures are an acrylic prosthesis that are made from impressions of the jaws and anatomy of the patient’s mouth. Upper dentures and lower dentures are two completely different experiences. The upper dentures typically are more tolerable due to the ability to hold to the hard and soft palates, given adequate bone and arch form. The lower complete denture is no longer the standard of care. Due to the movement of the lower jaw, its shape and the size of the tongue; the lower denture is considered a “floating prosthesis”. Typically, they are extremely challenging to adapt to. The new standard of care for an individual who loses their lower teeth is to place two implants in the anterior area of the lower jaw and place attachments on the implants for the denture to snap into. This allows for stability and strength with chewing and function. There are two types of full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all of the teeth are removed and the tissue is given 2-3 months of time to heal before the dentures are placed.
Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. You will, however, need to have follow-up visits to refit your dentures over the course of 3 months as the gums and bones continue to heal.