There are two types of full dentures. Conventional full dentures are when all of the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal. Once healed, the full set of dentures is placed. The time it takes for the tissue to heal could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. During this time, the patient will go without teeth.
Immediate full dentures are placed in the same dental visit. Prior to pulling the remaining teeth, we will take measurements of the patient’s mouth. When the patient returns for the procedure and directly after the patient’s remaining teeth are removed, the dentures are placed. The patient’s jawbone and mouth may shift in the healing process, so we would recommend a followup visit to check the placement of the dentures. Over time, the dentures will need to be tightened as the patient’s mouth heals. There are also partial dentures. These are similar to a bridge but are removable.
Dentures will take time to get used to. The flesh-colored base of the dentures is placed over the tops of your gums. Some patients feel that they get in the way or are a bit bulky. The dentures may feel loose at times. Because of this, they may affect the way you talk or eat. Over time, they become less of a nuisance and you’ll feel comfortable with them.
Dentures are a great replacement for missing teeth. They can be removed and put back in at any time. Here at The McHenry Dentist we offer affordable dentures while using the very best material on the market. The reason that we may recommend dentures is because in some situations a patient may not have enough healthy teeth left for other procedures. In such cases, the remaining teeth are removed and a full set of dentures is provided. For more information about partial or full dentures or to schedule a consultation, please call (815) 363-0103 or email us.