Published on July 15, 2021, Updated on April 25, 2024

Living with incomplete or without a healthy set of teeth is an unpleasant experience. When the teeth are damaged, it disrupts the facial aesthetics of the person and affects their overall smile. We’re here to answer any questions about the complete set of dentures and help you live a happy and confident lifestyle again.

Full or complete dentures when most of the patient’s teeth in the jaw need replacement. If a few natural teeth remain, they will need to be extracted to make sure there is enough space for the prosthetic.

These are a set of artificial teeth (usually 14) in an acrylic, gum-colored base that fits snugly through the gums via dental adhesive and suction. The base covers the palate as well as the gums so proper fitting is very important. This is because the dentures are made to not irritate the flesh and it needs to be in place through suction.

Contents: Preparation | How to care for? | Limitations | Snap Ons and more | Appointment | FAQ

Preparation

The process of preparation will require the dental surgeon to extract the remaining teeth. Impressions will be taken before the extraction, and they will be forwarded to a laboratory together with the specifications and color. When everything is completed, the specialist will try these on the patient and will make adjustments, if necessary, to ensure a correct fit.

Additionally, your bone quality may not be good and may require some additional procedures. These include:

Alveoloplasty
This is a procedure wherein the bone in the jaw is re-contoured so that it results in an area to hold the fixture be properly rounded. It also helps provide maximum surface area to improve denture retention.

Bone Grafting
This procedure is performed when the patient has not enough jawbone quality to support the dentures. It places a bone graft on the patient’s jaw so that the overall retention will be greatly improved.

Same Day Dentures

They are also called immediate dentures because they can be placed as soon as any remaining teeth are extracted. For this option, the impressions are created shortly before the remaining teeth are extracted to create your dentures. Instead of waiting without teeth for them to be fabricated, they will be placed the same day the extractions are done. However, since it doesn’t wait for the extracted site to fully heal, it will need constant relining and adjustments until the gums and jawbone heal.

Aftercare

Complete sets can be removed which makes it easy to clean it after every meal, before putting it back on. Before going to bed, you will need to remove your dentures and soak them in water or a special solution to prevent them from warping or drying up. Since your teeth will not grow new roots, the bone around the vacant sockets is likely to cause bone resorption. When the bone resorbs, the gums will shrink, and then that section will require relining so that the dentures fit again. Dentures can last for seven or more years with proper care and maintenance.

Another factor to be careful of is to not surpass the recommended amount of denture adhesive to put on or else it may lead to zinc toxicity. Denture adhesives normally consist of zinc to improve their adhesion. However, some patients put too much adhesive. Due to this, the zinc levels increase and may lead to harm.

Are there limitations?

Removable options are an affordable and convenient treatment option to restore your confidence and bring back the natural functionality of your teeth, but it comes with limitations. One of its limitations is its constant need for relining. Other issues such as not fitting snugly or occasional dropouts are common for this treatment.

What type is right for me?

Choosing the right kind of dentures is essential for the success of your treatment. Let us have a closer look at the various types of treatment to see if it works for you.

  • Removable Partials – If you need a single or couple of neighboring teeth replaced, removable partial will be an excellent treatment option for you. The partial replacements come with clasps on both ends that are designed to attach to the teeth for additional support.
  • Flexible – This is the most common type of removable partial as they are flexible; thus, it sticks better to the texture of the gums. Flexible partials cause less irritation than conventional ones.
  • Fixed bridges – These are an excellent option if you want your restoration to be permanently attached to you. It uses crowns from which the bridge is getting support.
  • Full sets –This is a necessary treatment when most of the teeth will need replacement. It sticks to the gums in a way of suction.

Is Extraction Necessary?

It is common for dentists to prefer other alternative treatment options and have a tooth extraction done only when all other options don’t work. With a full set of dentures, they will have no other option but to extract all the remaining teeth so that the new prosthetic will fit exactly to your gums. However, there are cases where dentures can work even without extracting the remaining healthy ones. These teeth will undergo a root canal treatment to avoid inflammation or possible infection.

If you do not want all your teeth extracted, an overdenture is a convenient option for you. Overdentures have the advantage of preventing bone resorption as the prosthesis is going to rest over the roots of the teeth that have been prepared.

Denture Snap Ons and Fixed Implants

Full sets supported by dental implants or All-on-4 are the closest treatment to retaining your natural teeth. This is something you’ll probably want to consider if you want a more natural look and feel of your teeth.

If you don’t want a fixed, implant-supported type, you can choose the one that comes with snaps so that you can more or replace it as you like. This type is a removable full set that snaps into place on your four or five implants. You can take it out anytime and what’s great about it is that the full set snaps into place; thus will not slip or fall out. Rather than being placed on the top of the gum, the dental implants are used to hold the denture securely. The false teeth will have a metal plate that snaps into the implants. Visit Oral Health Center dental clinic.

Full Arch Dentures Near me

Allow us to take care of your oral health needs at our office by providing you a brand new set of high-quality and comfortable dentures. If you have any questions or want to know more about the other available artificial teeth options, contact us today!

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FAQ for Complete Dentures

How many teeth are in a full set of dentures?

The functional minimum amount of teeth for the dentures is 20 teeth, but some can go up to 28 teeth to provide additional support. The more teeth you have, the more it will look better when you smile as well as provide additional support for the soft tissues in the face like the teeth, muscles, and skin to avoid a sunken look.

Can I have all my teeth pulled and get false teeth?

Yes. This type of treatment is called immediate dentures and the dentures can be placed as soon as the remaining teeth are extracted. Normally, the impressions are created a month or so before your teeth are extracted to create a proper denture for your case. Patients love this treatment as they don't have to wait for months to get the dentures and be without teeth for an extended period. However, since it doesn't wait for the extracted site to fully heal, it will need constant relining and adjustments until the gums and jawbone heal. Visit our Oral Health Center office to know more.