You probably already know that dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Did you know, though, that you can get a partial denture if you have one or just a few missing teeth? Likewise, full dentures have improved vastly over the years, and you may not be familiar with how advanced they have become.
Immediate vs. Permanent Dentures
If you have recently lost or had one or more teeth extracted, you will likely want to be able to eat food normally while your gums heal. For this reason, an immediate denture can be made until your gums and jaw are ready for a permanent denture.
Immediate dentures may not fit perfectly, but they are far more comfortable than the old-style dentures that you may have seen your grandmother using when you were a child. When your mouth is healed and your gums have settled, though, you will be fitted for a permanent denture that will fit snugly and securely, giving you a comfortable way to enjoy your favorite foods while also giving you an attractive smile.
What to Expect When You Get Dentures
When you are first fitted for dentures, do not be surprised if they feel a bit strange or if they are not altogether comfortable. As you adjust to them, they will feel more and more comfortable and natural. And, with regular visits to your dentist to ensure that proper maintenance is done to your dentures, you will continue to enjoy an attractive, functional smile.
Pay attention to your dentist’s instructions as you adjust to your dentures. Eventually, you will be able to take them out to clean them and/or when you sleep. In the beginning, though, you may need to wear them 24 hours a day to help your gums and jaw adjust.