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If you have lost some or all of your teeth, whether from tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury, full dentures or partial dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile!

With improvements in dental implants and other techniques in recent years, removable dentures are not as common as they once were. In fact, if removable full dentures and partial dentures are replaced with implant supported teeth, the overall enhancement in quality of life is even more significant, with an ability to eat all types of foods, elimination of messy denture adhesives, and improved speech, comfort, and appearance. However, conventional removable dentures can still be very effective for many people who suffer from complete or partial loss of teeth.

Denture success depends on a good fit, a well-made denture, and on following the advice of your dentist. Denture wearers gain confidence about how their dentures feel and look as they adjust to them over time. They usually learn to speak and eat more confidently than ever before. Regular appointments with Dr. Metz and a good daily cleaning routine can help you lead a healthy and natural lifestyle with dentures. But, even with the best of care, it may be necessary to have dentures relined, rebased, or remade after several years. This is because the bony ridge in your mouth that the dentures rest on goes through natural changes over time, causing the dentures to improperly fit. Dr. Metz can tell you if it is time for new dentures or if relining or adjustment of your dentures is needed.


Frequently asked questions about complete dentures:

What is the difference between an implant supported removable denture, a fixed detachable (hybrid) denture, and a conventional denture?

There are many differences between implant supported removable dentures and conventional (tissue supported) dentures. Generally, implant supported dentures are more stable than conventional dentures. Implants, fused to the jawbone, can help keep the bone healthy and your dentures securely in place. Once implants have been placed in your jaw, they can be restored with a fixed detachable (hybrid) denture or with overdentures. A fixed detachable (hybrid) denture is secured to the implants and is only removable by the dentist or hygienist. An implant supported overdenture is held in place by a bar and clip, or by one of many other attachments currently available. One major advantage of a fixed detachable (hybrid) denture versus an overdenture is that the hybrid denture is not removable. The hybrid denture is always held securely in place and can only be removed by the dentist or hygienist. A major advantage of implant-supported overdentures compared to conventional removable dentures is the increased stability.

Please refer to our new Ceramic Hybrid treatment option.


What is the difference between an immediate denture and a conventional denture?

Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate" depending on when they are made and when they are placed into your mouth. Conventional dentures are made and inserted after the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have had time to heal. Healing may take several months.

Immediate dentures are placed immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. Dr. Metz takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a preliminary visit.

An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, during the period of healing in the first several months after the removal of teeth, bones and gums can significantly shrink over time. When this happens, immediate dentures may require relining or rebasing in order to fit properly.


What is an overdenture?

An overdenture is a prosthesis that fits over a small number of implants or remaining natural teeth that have been prepared by the dentist. The implants or prepared teeth provide more stability and support for the denture. Dr. Metz can determine if an overdenture would be suitable for you.

How many appointments are required to make my dentures?

In order to fabricate your new dentures, several appointments will be required. Dr. Metz will discuss with you the estimated time required in order to make your new dentures. Dr. Metz takes great care and pride in providing his denture patients with very high-quality, esthetically attractive, well fitting, and natural looking dentures. In order to achieve these results for their denture patients, several appointments are necessary in order to diagnose, treatment plan, and fabricate the dentures.


What will dentures feel like?

It is not unusual for new dentures to feel awkward for a few weeks. Often one must become accustomed to them. Sometimes the removable dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.

It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness with removable dentures. Two or more follow-up appointments with Dr. Metz are generally needed after a new denture is inserted.


How long should I wear my dentures?

Dr. Metz will provide detailed instructions about wearing and caring for your removable dentures. These instructions will include information about how long dentures should be kept in place. During the first few days, you may be advised to wear your removable dentures most of the time, including while you sleep. After the initial adjustment period, you will be instructed to remove your dentures before going to bed and keep them out all night long. This allows your gum tissues to rest and promotes good oral health.


Should I use a denture adhesive?

Dr. Metz will make your dentures to fit precisely and usually will not require use of an adhesive for comfort. In an emergency, denture adhesives can be used to keep the dentures stable. But, prolonged use can mask infections and cause bone loss in the jaw.


Will my dentures need to be replaced?

Over time, dentures will need to be relined, rebased, or completely replaced due to tissue changes and normal wear to the dentures. In order to make a rebased denture, Dr. Metz uses your existing denture teeth and makes a new denture base. Dentures may need to be relined, rebased, or replaced due to changes to your mouth over time. Bone and gums can recede or shrink. This can also cause your jaws to align differently. Shrinking ridges can cause dentures to fit less securely. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections. If you are experiencing problems with the fit and comfort of your old dentures Dr. Metz can determine whether they need to be relined, rebased, or remade.


Should I do anything special to care for my mouth?

Everyone needs to take good care of their mouth, even if you are wearing dentures. Each morning and evening you should brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled brush. This removes plaque and stimulates proper blood circulation in the tissues. A balanced diet is very important for maintaining a healthy mouth.


How often should I schedule dental appointments?

Regular professional care of your dentures is necessary. Dr. Metz will advise you about how often to visit. Regular oral exams are very important. During your check-up appointments Dr. Metz will examine your mouth to determine if your dentures continue to fit properly. He will also examine your mouth for signs of oral diseases, including cancer.