When all, or at least most, of the teeth are missing on the upper or lower arch, a denture is often used to replace the missing teeth. Dentures are handcrafted to closely resemble your natural teeth, and, for many people, actually enhance your smile. When all the teeth are missing, full dentures are used, while partial dentures are used when there are a few healthy teeth remaining. A partial does more than just replace the missing teeth; it can also help to keep the remaining teeth healthy and viable.
The process of getting dentures often takes several appointments which are spread over several weeks. After highly accurate impressions are made of the mouth, and full measurements are taken, the custom denture can be custom created for your unique mouth. Several appointments will be dedicated to ensuring the shape, color, and fit are all proper. The final appointment will be focused on the final precision adjustments that can ensure a natural and comfortable fit.
Getting used to dentures can take some time. It is common to experience increased saliva flow, a bit of soreness and chewing/speech difficulty at first. As you adjust and your muscles get used to the new dentures, the issues will fade away. Proper care of your new dentures is a vital way to keep them for many years to come. Your dentist will discuss detailed cleaning instructions such as soaking overnight and what types of cleaning materials to use.