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Dental hygienist holding up a set of full dentures with a gloved hand.. The dentures are in focus and the dental hygienist is blurred in the background


Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each case, the patient may receive full or partial dentures.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are used when all the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.

Conventional Full Dentures

Conventional Full Dentures require all the teeth to be removed. The tissue then requires time to heal before the dentures are placed.


It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.

Immediate Full Dentures

Before having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth.  After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. 


You will, however, need a follow-up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.

Partial Dentures

Another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed is partial dentures. 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, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. 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 dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. 


Also, never 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.

Have you heard of Teeth-in-a-Day?

Another option for you to consider is Teeth-in-a-Day.

Teeth-In-A-Day is a procedure that benefits patients who have missing or severely diseased teeth. You can have this treatment for both health and cosmetic reasons. Riverview Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers this option to reduce the waiting time for implant-supported teeth. Permanent teeth are inserted immediately at the time of the extraction where you won't need a removable denture.

Close up of the smile of a happy senior woman after teeth-in-a-day treatment at Riverside Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

What Our Patients Say

I had to have dentures put in and Riverside made me feel very comfortable. I felt as though it was embarrassing enough to have no teeth, but they really put me at ease and they were very accommodating and did not make me feel like I should be embarrassed at all.

Everyone is very helpful and understanding to your needs. Make sure you tell them and show them how you feel about your teeth so they can give you the best help possible.

- Laurie

Are you interested in Full or Partial Dentures?

Contact us to schedule a consultation or get more information.

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