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Removable Dentures

Removable Dentures

Removable dentures are appliances which replace missing teeth of the jaw and which can be removed and kept outside the mouth when desired. They can be partial or complete removable dentures, depending on whether few or all missing teeth are replaced. When all teeth are replaced it is called a complete denture. A partial denture as name suggests replaces one or few teeth.

How is adapting to new dentures?

Most patients need to learn how to use removable dentures properly when they get a new set. And it is normal to experience some discomfort and irritation initially. This will happen even if you are a previous denture wearer and got a new set. There could be difficulty in chewing, increased salivation, changed pronunciation. But after a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder or sticky foods. The salivation will also be back to normal and speech will become clearer gradually. 

What is the Home-care routine for the Dentures?

It is important to clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque to minimize dentures from staining. Special denture brushes and cleaning aids are available and your dentist will guide you regarding the use of them. Do not use regular toothpaste on your dentures. After cleaning & rinsing dentures thoroughly soak them in water solution overnight. It is preferable to remove dentures overnight, as this will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day.

What are consequences of long-time denture use?

Once the teeth are removed, the jaw bone shrinks and changes in shape. So, dentures need to be checked every year and may require to be refabricated when they are not fitting properly usually after 5-10 years. Also, it is important that you take your dentures out at night to allow your gum tissues to rest and decrease the possibility of sore spots.


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