A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues.
Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, meaning fewer adjustments are needed.
Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed, but may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place.
Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks.
You may be advised to wear your denture most of the time during the first two weeks, even while sleeping, after this initial time period and under normal circumstances it is considered best to remove it at night.
Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva.
This promotes better long-term health of the gums.
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces.
Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping.
As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Implants can now be used to underline permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture.
The cost tends to be greater, but implants and bridges more closely resemble the 'feel' of real teeth.