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Your facial appearance has a significant impact on your overall physical attribute and when you look at yourself in the mirror, you notice how your teeth and smile would look and impact your face. Oral health problems like missing teeth can definitely affect your overall appearance and also your self-confidence which is why there are dental solutions designed to address these conditions and enhance and rehabilitate the look, function and health of your teeth.

One of the most commonly used dental solution to address missing teeth problems are removable dentures. Dentures are an ideal way to replace missing teeth as well as their surrounding tissues. These are highly recommended for patients who cannot have a bridge or fixed dentures. Dentures are made of a gum colored plastic resin where the artificial teeth are attached to. It is designed in such a way that it will fit over the alveolar ridge that used to hold your permanent teeth. The fit of your dentures are very much important as this is going to affect your natural functions like your speech, eating and chewing. The type of dentures that you should be using will depend on your case and condition.

What are the types of full dentures?

  • Immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are used as temporary measures when you transition to the use of permanent dentures. These are the dentures that you are made to wear right after your permanent teeth are pulled out, so that you can have a temporary teeth that you can use most especially when you eat. These will help you adjust to the feel of having dentures until your permanent dentures become available.
  • Conventional full dentures. Conventional full dentures are designed in a way that they will look like your natural teeth. These are made to permanently work in your mouth and expected to last for a long time
  • Implant supported dentures. If you are looking for more stable dentures, implant supported dentures may be the solution you are looking for. This is the type of dentures that are supported by dental implants so that they can be more stable and sturdy. When you choose this type, you will not have to worry about any discomfort, plus it offers better fit and function because there is no tendency for the denture to slip in your mouth.

What are the types of partial dentures?

  • Transitional partial dentures. These are the dentures that serve as temporary replacement to keep the space left by a tooth that has been taken out. These dentures replace your teeth while your gums heal for the dental implant
  • Removable partial dentures. These are the dentures designed to give you better fit and are actually lighter and less obvious.

What you need to know after having removable dentures?

  • You may feel uncomfortable and a little awkward or bulky when your first use your dentures, but you will definitely get used to it over time
  • It may take some practice for you to get used to the inserting and removing
  • Your denture should easily fit into place and there is no need for you to force it by biting down
  • During the first few days and weeks, you may be required by your dentist to wear your dentures most of the time so that he can determine if there are areas that need adjustment
  • If you notice an increased pressure in a certain area in your mouth, your dentist can make the necessary adjustment so that the denture can fit perfectly and comfortably
  • To keep the pressure even on both sides of your mouth, you should be chewing on both sides too and try to avoid eating and chewing hard foods. You may also be advised to stay away from chewing gums especially during your adjustment period
  • Speaking may feel a little different at first, but you can get used to it over time because these dentures are designed to improve your speech. You can keep on practicing by talking out loud.

How to provide proper care for your dentures?

  • Sometimes, toothpastes may be too harsh for your dentures, you can use the dental cleaner recommended by your dentist
  • Brush your dentures everyday
  • Keep your dentures moist by soaking it in water at night in order to maintain its shape.

For more information on dentures, you can call Southern Dental Associates at (713) 489-4471, or visit our website ( to find the dental office nearest you.