One of the most common ways to replace missing teeth is with dentures. Dentures are a type of tooth replacement that can be worn and removed at any time by the wearer. Although dentures do require some time to get used to, modern dentures provide a great fit and natural looking results.

The two main types of dentures are full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures are worn when the person is missing all of their teeth, while partial dentures are recommended when there are still remaining teeth.

Full dentures come in two main types:

Conventional full dentures - These are worn when the person has no more remaining teeth and their gums have fully healed following their teeth extraction. It can take a few months for the gums to fully heal before the person can wear the dentures.

Immediate full dentures - Immediate full dentures are worn right after the person’s remaining teeth are extracted. The advantage of immediate dentures is that the person can have teeth while their gums are healing. However, they have to be “relined” every few months since the gum and bone tissues will change shape as they heal. Immediate dentures are created prior to the patient’s teeth are extracted.

Partial dentures are worn when the person still has remaining natural teeth. These dentures use a metal base that is attached to remaining teeth to stay in place. Partial dentures are similar to bridges; however, can be removed at any time.

It will take some time for you to get used to your dentures when you first wear them. It will probably take a few weeks before you can eat speak and chew comfortably while wearing them. Some common symptoms include minor discomfort and increased saliva flow. If you experience excessive pain or irritation, be sure to see your dentist for a checkup. Your dentist can check to ensure that the denture is a proper fit and if any adjustments need to be made.

If you would like to learn more about our denture options, contact Dr. Mirela Miciu, DDS, at Carlton Dental, General Dentist in downtown Toronto to set up an appointment.