Jan Michael Rella, D.M.D.
Sinikka Kazanjian, D.M.D.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Full dentures are used when all your natural teeth have been removed.
After your teeth have been extracted, we allow the tissue time to heal before the dentures are placed—usually several months. During this time, you will be without teeth.
Prior to the removal of your teeth, we take measurements and fit the dentures to your mouth. Once teeth are extracted, you can wear the denture immediately. The benefit is you will not have to spend time without teeth. You will, however, need a follow-up visit to refit your dentures, because the jawbone will slightly change shape as your mouth heals.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh-colored base is placed over your gums, and some patients say it feels bulky, awkward, or loose. This may affect the way you eat and talk for a while, but over time, your mouth will become trained to function more normally and will begin to feel more natural. While they may never feel perfectly comfortable, dentures are a great alternative to not having teeth.