Commonly referred to as ‘false teeth’, dentures can be used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth and simply fix into the mouth and can be removed easily.
As each individual’s mouth, as well as their precise needs and desires, are unique, we undertake an in-depth consultation and examination with each of our patients before treatment gets underway. Our treatment plan then involves the production of impressions, bite registration, and first placement of the dentures. As a team of professionals, we understand that wearing dentures for the first time can be both uncomfortable and unfamiliar, and we work with you to ensure that you become accustomed to them as quickly as possible.
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Usually dentures can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. These are called ‘immediate dentures’. You visit the dentist beforehand for them to take measurements and impressions of your mouth.
With immediate dentures you don’t have to be without teeth while your gums are healing. However, bone and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first six months after your teeth have been taken out. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or even replacing. Your dentist will be able to discuss this with you.
Sometimes your dentist may advise you to wait until your gums are healed before having your dentures, as this can sometimes provide a better fit. Healing may take several months.
Replacing lost or missing teeth is very good for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without the support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older and they will find it harder to eat and speak properly.
Dentures can be made to closely match your natural teeth so that your appearance hardly changes. Modern dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face.
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to stop the denture from moving. As you become more used to your denture, add other foods until you get back to your normal healthy diet.
Pronouncing certain words may take practice. Reading out loud and and repeating difficult words will help.
If you find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, reposition them by gently biting down and swallowing. If this continues see your dentist.
During the first few days, your dentist may advise you to wear them for most of the time, including while you are asleep. After your mouth gets used to your dentures, your dentist may advise that you take them out before going to bed. This allows your gums to rest and keeps your mouth healthy.
Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth and you shouldn’t need a denture fixative. However, over time dentures may become loose and not fit as well. When this happens, some people prefer to use a fixative for a short time before having them replaced. A poorly fitting denture may cause irritation and sores. This can often happen if you have worn immediate dentures for some time.
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft bristled brush. This removes plaque and helps the circulation in your mouth.
If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to you losing more of your teeth. Your dentist may refer you to the hygienist to have your remaining natural teeth cleaned regularly.
Dentures are very delicate and may break if you drop them. Always clean them over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
To clean your dentures, the general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any food debris. Use an effervescent (fizzy) denture cleaner to help remove stubborn stains and leave your dentures feeling fresher – always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface.
Many dentists advise using toothpaste and a small to medium headed toothbrush. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which fits on your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.
Over time, your dentures will need to be relined or re-made due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections, not to mention discomfort. A loose or ill-fitting denture can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems.
Regular dental check-ups and having your teeth professionally cleaned are vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Most dentists recommend a dental check up at least once a year. Regular visits allow your dentist to check the soft parts of your mouth, including the tongue and cheeks. These examinations are important so the dentist can spot any infections, mouth conditions or even mouth cancer at the earliest stages. Full denture wearers should check with their dentist about how often they should visit.
With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions who wear their dentures with a smile.
No. Implants are another option to consider. Ask your dentist for more information on this.
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