Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures.
Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth. They can be Immediate Dentures, which are delivered the same day as removal of a patient's teeth or they can be Complete Dentures, which are created after healing is complete.
Partial dentures are an 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 of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, they still require care. You should brush them to remove plaque and food debris. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the acrylic. Your dentures are breakable and care should be taken when handling them. Please do not try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.