Full, or Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are dental prothesises, or appliances that replaces all of the natural teeth on either the upper, and/or lower jaw.  These are made of acrylic resin and have either plastic, or porcelain teeth embedded in the acrylic resin base.  Dentures are supported by the mucosa (tissue) that covers the bone, or can be attached to implants in the aveolar bone.  Dentures are sometimes referred to as plates.

The best and least expensive way to have dentures made is to have the teeth extracted and then wait for the healing to occur and the extractions sites to heal over and then take impressions to start the denture making process.  Most people do not want to go any significant time without any teeth to have the complete denture made, so now, most people elect to have immediate denture made so they do not have to go without teeth at all.  Immediate dentures are placed at the same appointment that the teeth are extracted.

Dentures are probably the hardest adjustment that a person has to make with any of the dental procedures they may have done.  This is because they are going from a dynamic natural dental function to a totally artificial function with none of the natural feeling and function that they have with their own natural teeth.  In a natural dentition, or set of teeth, the teeth actually function independently and have separate anatomical features,such as nerves, blood supply, periodontal ligaments, that provide independent feedback to the brain concerning each individual tooth.  With dentures, those individual anatomical features are lost when the teeth are extracted and the denture sits on the tissue that covers the remaining bone.  The teeth in the denture function as one unit and therefore is totally different from what the patient experienced when they had their natural teeth.  The only feedback provided is from the supporting tissue and bone.  Therefore, there is a definite adjustment period to get used to the feel and function of a complete denture.

The most important aspects of the transition from a natural dentition to dentures is that the dentures fit properly and that the bite is adjusted properly.  The individual must learn how to eat and talk with their new dentures and should contact their dentist if they have any sore spots, or any other concerns about their dentures.  So if possible, try to maintain your natural teeth as long as you possibly can with a good home base dental hygiene program and regular dental check ups with cleanings.


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