The Albuquerque Source for All Kinds of Dentures

Removable partial and complete dentures are a way to replace multiple missing teeth and restore proper form and function.

Removable partial dentures are typically made of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases with either a metal or plastic framework. Depending on your requirements, your dentist will design a partial denture. This may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth or other connectors that look more natural.

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and restore your smile. If you’ve lost your natural teeth from gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, replacing them improves your appearance and health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted.

When you lose your teeth, facial muscles may sag, making you look older. Dentures help fill out your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that they’re hardly noticeable. Dentures may even improve how your smile looks. Types of complete dentures:

Conventional. This full removable denture is made and placed after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. That could take several months.

Immediate. This removable denture is inserted on the same day that any remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist takes measurements and makes models of your jaw. You don’t have to go without teeth during the healing period but may need to have the denture relined or remade once it’s over.

Overdenture. Some of your teeth might be salvageable to preserve your jawbone and offer stability and support to the denture. An overdenture fits over a few remaining teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can do that, too.

New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you get used to them. They may feel loose while the muscles in your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. Minor irritation or soreness are common, along with a temporary increase in saliva flow. As your mouth acclimates to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments are usually needed, so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, tell your dentist.

Even when you wear full or partial dentures, you’ll still need to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before putting in your dentures to stimulate circulation in the tissues and help remove plaque.

Adjustments

Adjusting the denture over time may be necessary. Your mouth changes with age, which can affect the fit. Receding or shrinking bone and gum ridges result in a poorly fitting denture.

Dentures that do not fit should be adjusted. Badly fitting dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. See your dentist right away if your denture becomes loose, and maintain your routine visits, too.