Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
 
Our expert team at Atlantic Dental Care is trained to provide two main types of dentures: full and partial. We’ll conduct a full evaluation and provide guidance to help you choose the type of denture that's best for you.

How Do Dentures Work?

With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth.

Conventional Full Denture

A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. The healing may take several months after extractions, and immediate dentures can be made to wear temporarily until your gums heal. After the healing period a final denture can be made.

Immediate Full Denture

An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.

  • Partial Denture
    A partial dentures is a removable denture that attaches to your natural teeth. They are made either with a metal framework or sometimes completely of a plastic material and they sit on the gums and hold onto the adjacent teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

  • How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?
    New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. We put together a great blog post that provides eight tips for getting used to your new dentures. Eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon, while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual.

  • How Long Do Dentures Last?
    Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, rebased or remade due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. But our team is here to provide the care you need to help maintain strong, healthy dentures.