Understanding Dentures

There are several different types of dentures. Only your dental professional can tell you which is right for you.

Dentures Basics

Complete, Upper and Lower Dentures

  • What people think of when they think of dentures
  • Replace all of your teeth, upper dentures replace the top teeth, and lower dentures replace the lower teeth
  • With proper care and maintenance, will last anywhere from 5-10 years
Dentures Basics

Immediate Dentures

  • Put into place immediately after tooth extraction, so you never have to be without teeth
  • Serve as a temporary set while complete or partial dentures are being finished
  • May require periodic adjustments while your bone and tissue heal and stabilize after tooth extractions
Dentures Basics

Partial Dentures

  • Designed to correct the gaps when only some of your teeth are missing
  • Metal attachments anchor the dentures to your natural teeth
  • Partial dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your natural teeth from shifting

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Special note:
Moving from temporary
to permanent dentures?

If you were given immediate dentures as a temporary set, you'll eventually switch to your permanent dentures. There could be another adjustment, but it might not take as long as the first time you started wearing dentures. Why?

For one, your gums will have most likely healed by the time you get your permanent dentures, so you won’t experience the fitting difficulties you may have had with your immediate set while your gums healed. Plus, you’ll have gone through the process before – and knowing what to expect can make things seem much easier.

No matter what type of dentures your dental professional thinks is right for you, using Polident® Denture Cleanser & Super Poligrip® Denture Adhesive daily can help you care for them and feel more comfortable wearing them, every day.