If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile.
Replacing missing teeth will improve your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person appear older. You’ll be able to eat and speak things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
Types of Complete Dentures
There are several types of complete dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures
A conventional full denture is fabricated and placed in the patient’s mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have had time to heal.
Immediate Full Dentures
An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Importance of Good Oral Hygiene
Even if you wear full dentures, good oral hygiene is very important. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.