Partial and Complete Dentures are Designed for People who have Lost Their Teeth Due to Age-related Wear & Damage, Dental Hygiene Issues, Sports-related Injuries, Chronic Illness, or Facial Trauma.
Keep facial muscles from sagging making you look younger.
Improve your digestive system by being able to thoroughly chew food again.
Reduce the potential for decay and gum problems around your remaining teeth.
Dentures are still one of the most commonly used methods to replace missing teeth. When dentures are fitted correctly, they are comfortable and pain free.
Dentures are a removable appliance used to replace missing teeth, They are fabricated using either acrylic or cobalt chrome to which false teeth are added. They help with speech, chewing, add support to your lips and chin as well as improving the appearance of your smile.
Dentures are chosen on a case-by-case basis and there are essentially two types of dentures:
- Partial denture which replaces one tooth or several teeth.
- Full denture which replaces the whole set of teeth, on the upper or lower.
Dentures are kept in place by either using clasps which anchor around neighbouring teeth or by the dentures’ natural suction. On occasions a denture glue may be recommended to aid in keeping the denture in place.
It is important to continue having regular check-ups with a dentist so they can monitor your gum tissues for signs of change. When teeth are missing, your gum-line and facial bone structure can change; this means your dentures may need to be periodically adjusted to ensure they stay in perfect position with your gums.
Getting Used to Dentures
Just like your favourite shoes, which were once just a little tight in a few spots, until your feet and the shoes adjusted to each other, your denture and mouth need a little time to settle.
It can take a little while to get familiar and comfortable with new dentures. Time, practice and patience is needed.
Upper dentures may affect your speech for a few days whilst your tongue gets used to having the denture in place. If you persevere it will soon pass.
Dentures may cause soreness in the first 24 hours. However, if the soreness persists please contact your dentist as the dentures may need slight adjustments, this is done at with your dentist at the clinic.
Caring for Your Dentures
Keeping your dentures clean at all times is important. Rinse them after meals if possible and brush them twice a day using toothpaste or soap and water.
Dentures are only to be worn whilst you are awake. They need to be removed at night so that your gums can have ‘a rest’. This rest is important as it helps keep your gums healthy. During this time, your dentures can then be sterilised in a denture solution.
If your dentures get stains that you cannot remove ask your dentist to clean them professionally at your next appointment.
It is important that you still have regular examinations with your dentist even if you have no natural teeth, as the dentist needs to look for changes in your gums and the underlying bone.
If you have any concerns about your dentures or questions about whether dentures are a suitable option for you, please contact your Dental Care Professional.