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David B. Solomon, DDS | Dentures in Cambridge

David B. Solomon, D.D.S.

                                      Cambridge Smiles


   Family and Cosmetic Dentistry   


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 be full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and require replacement. There are two types of full dentures.

  • Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It can take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, Dr. Solomon takes measurements and has dentures pre-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 to have a follow up visits to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be relined after the jaw bone has healed.


Partial dentures are another option when some of your natural teeth are healthy and can be maintained. This replaces teeth like a cemented bridge can, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth and may be removed by you daily to facilitate cleaning. 

Your full or partial dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of a denture is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Sometimes, a denture may feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and speak 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 comfortable. They are not the same as your natural teeth, but serve as a prosthetic alternative. Occasionally, they may be connected to implants in the gum that help to keep them more stable.

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. 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. Never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them. Seek assistance from Dr. Solomon if they feel uncomfortable or loose.