If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag. You’ll be able to eat and speak, things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.

There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are extracted and tissues have healed , may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are extracted. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during the initial visit. With immediate dentures, patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

With full dentures, patient still must take good care of his/her mouth. Brushing gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft bristled brush before inserting dentures to increase circulation in tissues and help remove plaque.

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