A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth, and provides support for the cheeks and lips.
There are two main types of complete dentures:
- A conventional denture is made after all of the teeth have been extracted, and the tissues (gums) have healed.
- An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted, and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture. An advantage of the immediate denture is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
As a natural occurrence after teeth extraction, the level of bone will shrink in the upper and lower arches. Because of this, the dentures will need to be relined or remade to accommodate this loss of bone structure.
Please be aware that it is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness soon after a new denture is inserted. Speech is sometimes affected; reading out loud is a good way to help overcome this. Also, it will take a little practice to get used to chewing and eating with the new dentures. Starting with soft food cut into small pieces, and chewing slowly should help.
Regular dental examinations are still important for the new denture wearer, so the health of the tissues and bone can be monitored.