Dentures are removable false teeth that can either replace a few teeth in a smile or a complete arch. The dentures of today are made from comfortable and durable materials that fully restore functionality to your dental wellbeing.
Dentures come with a host of benefits, including helping to improve how you eat and speak, as well as boosting your confidence by restoring your smile. They can also enhance facial shape, especially around the lips and in the cheek area.
If you are having complete dentures, these will be fitted in the top or bottom of your mouth. This complete denture will consist of a gum coloured arch with a set of prosthetic teeth attached. Partial dentures will be used if you only have one or a few missing teeth and may be held in place with metal hooks attached to existing teeth.
Making and fitting dentures can be quite an involved process, especially as we want to make sure they are perfect for you.
We first carry out an examination to get a clear and comprehensive view of your oral health. We will need to make sure that the structures of your mouth that will support the dentures are healthy. We will then take scans and impressions of your mouth so we have accurate measurements and dimensions for the dental laboratory to use when they create your dentures.
Once we receive the dentures back from the laboratory, we arrange for your initial fitting. We make sure that they fit and that there is no rubbing. We make any necessary adjustments and talk you through steps on how to get used to wearing your dentures.
At first, it can take a few days for your mouth to adjust to the dentures, especially if they are a complete set. They may feel odd at first and eating can be tricky, so it may be a good idea to start with softer foods and slowly introduce more challenging items. The amount of saliva in your mouth may increase, but this should soon improve as your mouth gets used to your replacement teeth.
Dentures are designed to be hard-wearing, but they will last longer if you treat them with care. Dentures should be removed before you go to bed so your gums can have a rest, but they must be stored in water or denture fluid as they could lose their shape if allowed to dry out.
Clean your dentures with a toothbrush or a special denture brush and remember to keep your gums and any remaining teeth clean too. You will also need to attend regular check-ups so your dentist and hygienist can keep an eye on your oral health.