Dentures

Why should I get dentures?

Dentures are an effective treatment for missing teeth. It is advisable to replace missing teeth for functional, aesthetic and health reasons. Gaps can increase the risk of oral diseases, affect the look of the smile and make it difficult to eat and speak clearly. They can be used to replace entire sets of teeth (complete denture) or a few missing teeth (partial denture) and can be used for the upper or lower jaws.

What are they made from?

The denture's base is typically made from metal or metal fused to acrylic. The false teeth are commonly made from acrylic, which is designed to look like natural teeth.

Will I look different with dentures?

Modern dentures are designed to be very lifelike and therefore your appearance should not change. If you were missing a number of teeth before you had the dentures fitted you will probably find that dentures improve your appearance by giving you a healthy, attractive smile.

Can I eat properly with dentures?

It will take a little time to get used to eating with your dentures. However wearing dentures should not affect your ability to eat and in the long run will help, especially if you have been missing a number of teeth for a long period of time. Initially when your dentures are first fitted it is a good idea to stick to softer foods.

Will they affect my speech?

Initially your speech will be affected by wearing dentures but as you get used to wearing your dentures you will find talking returns to normal. Your dentist can teach you how to practice making sounds with your new dentures.

How long will I need to wear them?

When you first have your dentures fitted you will be advised to wear them almost all of the time so that you get used to them. Once you get used to wearing your dentures, your dentist may advise you to start removing them before you go to sleep to allow your gums to rest.

Do I need to do anything special to care for my mouth?

Even if you have complete dentures you will still need to take good care of your mouth. You should brush your tongue and gums (using a soft brush) on a daily basis to remove bacteria from the mouth and visit your dentist on a regular basis. If you have a partial denture, you should brush your teeth twice a day and see your dentist for routine check-ups every 6 months.

What is the difference between traditional and immediate dentures?

Immediate dentures, can be fitted immediately after the teeth have been extracted. This means that the treatment process is shorter and you can enjoy your new smile straight away. Traditional dentures are fitted once the gums have healed after extraction. A temporary denture may be fitted until the gums have fully healed and the dentures have been created.

What do dentures feel like?

At first dentures may feel a little alien, but you will soon become accustomed to them. Modern dentures are designed to be light and comfortable and you should get used to them fairly quickly. If you are finding your dentures uncomfortable or they appear to be loose, see your dentist. Your dentist can adjust or replace your denture to make sure that it fits correctly.

How should I care for my dentures?

Dentures are quite delicate so try to be very careful when you are cleaning them. Always fill the sink with water and clean the denture over it so that they land in the water if you drop them. Keep your denture in a safe place, avoid using a toothbrush to clean your denture as this can cause damage, ensure to keep your denture moist to prevent it from drying out. Your dentist will advise you on how to clean your denture and can recommend denture cleaning products.

Can dentures be re-polished?

Yes, ask your dentist about re-polishing. Re-polishing helps to restore shine, this can help to make your smile look brighter and healthier.

Will my dentures need to be replaced?

Dentures do not last forever but they should last for several years. Your dentist will check your denture on a regular basis and will inform you when your denture needs replacing. If your dentures start to come loose, this can cause pain and irritation and your dentist may suggest replacing your denture with a new one.

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