Dentures act as replacements for missing teeth and are used to replace entire sets of missing teeth (complete or full denture) or a small number of teeth (partial denture). They are made from acrylic resin bonded to metal. It is possible to have dentures fitted immediately after the remaining teeth have been extracted (immediate dentures). Immediate dentures are advantageous because the patient benefits from their new teeth right away. However, it is common for patients to require adjustments after the dentures are first fitted.
Complete dentures are designed for patients who have lost all or most of their natural teeth, while partial dentures are for patients who have most of their natural teeth intact. Dentures help to restore function to the mouth, enabling people to eat normally, speak clearly and feel confident about the aesthetics of their smile. They also provide support for the cheeks and lips.
Metal-based dentures are better for long-term oral health, and we recommend plastic dentures only as a temporary measure because they tend to irritate the gums.
Dentures are custom-made for the individual and the process takes around 4 weeks (usually 5 appointments are required). It involves us making impressions of your mouth and a wax bite (used as a template for your dentures). We will also ask you to use a 'try-in' denture to check the look and fit of the denture. We usually wait around 8 weeks after tooth extraction to start the process, which allows sufficient time for the gums to heal.
Most people take a while to get used to wearing dentures. You may find that your speech is affected and the dentures feel a little odd, and it is advisable to stick to soft foods and liquids for a short period of time.
Dentures are fragile so it is important to take good care of them. Remove them daily and clean them using a soft-bristled brush and denture cleansing solution. Avoid abrasive rinses or toothpastes, as these can damage dentures. Never use boiling water to rinse dentures, as this can cause it to become misshapen. Try to wash your denture over the sink or a towel to prevent damage if you drop it, and make sure to store your denture in a safe place (many people find a box is helpful). When you are not using the denture, place it in lukewarm water or cleansing solution.
We do not advise patients to wear their denture overnight. Removing the denture allows the gums to rest, and research has shown that removing them for at least 8 hours per day promotes improved oral health. We advise patients with immediate dentures to wear them for the first night.
It is important to attend regular check-ups to check the fit of your dentures and monitor oral health. Regular appointments allow us to spot early warning signs of oral illnesses. The shape of your mouth will change over the course of time and this may cause your dentures to start coming loose. If this is the case your gums may become irritated and you may feel less confident when you are eating. See your dentist if you notice signs of loose dentures, and do not attempt to adjust them.
Dentures are not the only option for missing teeth. Dental implants are fast becoming the most popular option for patients with missing teeth, but they are not suitable for everyone and can be expensive. Contact your dentist for more information about your treatment options.
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