A denture, is a removable prosthetic device used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is most commonly known as a set of ‘false teeth’. Dentures can be worn on the top or bottom of your mouth. They can be partial or full depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced.
A denture will help to successfully return appearance and function to your mouth whilst also restoring structure to your face – by ‘padding out’ sunken facial features such as cheeks and lips – which would otherwise be supported by your natural teeth.
The majority of dentures are made from hard acrylic materials, although today there are many types of flexible materials available for an extremely comfortable, secure fit and natural looking finish.
Making your denture:
The length of time required to make your dentures will depend on the type you require and the intricacy of the work involved. The process is quite complex and is likely to take several weeks – allowing for time between appointments.
At your initial consultation, photos and x-rays will be taken and used to produce a provisional denture which is made from wax. This will be checked for comfort and fit and then used to make your final denture. Following the fit of your denture you will need to return for a check-up appointment around a week later so that we can check you are happy.
How to get used to your dentures:
It can take time to get used to your new dentures.
• Initially you may find it strange when eating – if so, stick with a softer diet for a few days
• If your speech is affected then talk or read to yourself when you are alone –practice more difficult words over and over again
• You may notice a slight increase in salivary flow – this is quite normal and will improve with time
Caring for your dentures:
With good care your dentures should last for many years. Here are some tips to help keep your dentures in top condition:
• Always remove them at night to allow your gums to rest
• Clean your dentures everyday by brushing them with a soft toothbrush and denture cream
• Store them in water when not being worn to stop them drying out
• Denture cleaning tablets should be used regularly to prevent stains
• Brush remaining teeth and gums
• Attend regular dental appointments
If you do have any problems with your dentures please contact us immediately. It’s important for issues to be investigated early in order to prevent them developing. These could include:
• Pain or sore spots on the gums
• Looseness of dentures
• Clicking in the dentures
• Bleeding in the gums
• Bad breath