If you have lost your natural teeth due to damage, decay or injury, dentures can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Dentures offer a natural looking solution, enhancing your appearance and benefiting your health.
Missing teeth can cause the facial muscles to droop, causing a person to look older than they actually are. With the support from dentures, you will appear youthful while being able to enjoy food and speak comfortably, just as if you still had your natural teeth.
Dentures make you look and feel your best, so you can enjoy the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable false teeth that are worn to replace missing teeth. These artificial teeth are generally made of acrylic and designed to best match your natural teeth. The base of a denture is called a plate and is usually made of either acrylic or metal. Dentures can be taken out and put back into the mouth, and they are available as either full or partial dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be restored. Today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Candidates For Dentures
Ideal candidates for complete dentures will have experienced significant tooth loss and be missing most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who still have some natural teeth remaining. There are several factors that warrant wearing dentures, even for younger people. There is no age limit on having a beautiful, healthy smile!
Types Of Dentures Available
Whether you are missing one, two or all of your natural teeth, your dentist can create comfortable and natural looking complete or partial dentures to restore your smile.
Full or complete dentures replace all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. These suit patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth.
Partial dentures fill in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth and are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. These suit patients who have lost just one or a few of their natural teeth and wish to fill in the gap(s) left behind.
What Are The Differences Between Conventional & Immediate Dentures?
Conventional dentures are moulded over the mouth cavity once the teeth have been removed and the gums have had several weeks to heal, whereas immediate dentures are moulded over the gums immediately after the teeth are removed.
Conventional dentures may leave you toothless for over a month, but having them moulded to your healed gums ensures a perfectly comfortable fit inside the mouth cavity.
Immediate dentures offer the appeal of having your new teeth straight away, although because they have been moulded to your gums before they have had a chance to heal and take their final shape, you will be required to visit your dentist for adjustments to ensure they fit in the mouth properly. This can result in ill-fitting and uncomfortable dentures, and a higher cost for modifications in the long run.
If the idea of being without teeth for several weeks is too uncomfortable for you, immediate dentures will ensure you are confident with your appearance right after your tooth removal. If you wish to save money and receive dentures that fit perfectly inside your healed mouth, conventional dentures are the solution for you.
What Do False Teeth Feel Like?
It may take a couple of weeks for you to get used to your dentures. During this time, your dentures may feel awkward and uncomfortable as you learn to speak and eat with them. Your mouth will become accustomed to your new dentures with time, and it is important to remember that although they may feel a bit strange at first, they still look great to everyone else!
Will Dentures Make Me Look Different?
Dentures are designed to look as similar to your natural teeth as possible, making them almost unnoticeable. They will improve the appearance of your smile and resolve any facial sagging caused by missing teeth.
Will It Be Difficult To Eat With Dentures?
As your tongue and mouth get used to your new dentures, eating may take some practice at first. It is advised that you begin with softer foods cut into small pieces, and ensure you chew with both sides of your dentures at the same time to avoid any movement of your dentures. Eventually, you will feel comfortable returning to your normal diet without a second thought, but it is important to remain cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp bones or shells.
Do I Need To Wear Dentures 24/7?
Within the first couple of weeks of receiving your dentures, you will be advised to wear them almost constantly,even when you sleep. After this initial period, it is advised that you remove your dentures at night while you sleep to allow the gum tissue to rest and encourage normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva.
Should I Use Denture Adhesive?
Denture adhesive can be used to increase the feeling of security and give you peace of mind that your dentures will stay in place all day. Well-fitting dentures can benefit from this additional retention, but adhesive is not the solution for ill-fitting dentures. If your dentures feel loose or cause irritation and sores, it is advised that you consult your dentist for amendments.
Are Denture Adhesives Safe?
When used correctly, denture adhesives are perfectly safe. It is only when used excessively for ill-fitting dentures that adhesives can cause harm to underlying gums and tissues of the mouth.
Can I Make Minor Adjustments To My Dentures?
Always consult your dentist if you wish to make adjustments to your dentures. If a person who lacks the proper training makes any adjustments or repairs to your dentures, it could seriously damage your dentures and harm your health.
If your dentures break, crack or chip, or if one of the teeth suddenly becomes loose, your dentist can often make the necessary adjustments or repairs on the same day. Never attempt to solve the problem yourself.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
If cared for properly, dentures are expected to last up to 5-8 years before needing replacement. During this time, they wear out and your mouth changes shape. This is why your dentures will eventually need to be relined or remade to remain as safe, comfortable and natural looking as possible.
How To Look After Dentures
It is important to be very careful with your dentures to avoid dropping and breaking them. You must also brush and rinse them daily with a special denture cleaner to remove any bacteria. The general rule of thumb is to brush, soak, and brush again. Brushing your dentures before soaking them helps to remove any food debris.
Effervescent denture cleaner will help to remove stubborn stains and leave your dentures feeling fresh and clean. Following this, you should then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this can leave marks.
Most dentists recommend using a small- to medium-headed toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures including the surface that comes into contact with your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture adhesive. If you notice a build up of stains or scale, have your denture professionally cleaned by your Smile approved dentist.
How To Look After Your Mouth
Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital, even when wearing full dentures. You should brush your gums, the roof of your mouth and your tongue with a softbristled toothbrush every day to keep your mouth clean and healthy and stimulate circulation in your mouth.
Patients with partial dentures need to brush their teeth thoroughly twice a day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can result in losing further teeth.
How Often Will I Need To See A Dentist?
Your dentist will advise as to how often you should visit, but it is generally recommended that you return every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning to maintain good oral health so you can continue wearing your dentures with a smile.
Are There Any Alternatives To Dentures?
Dental implants are becoming a popular alternative to restoring teeth as they more closely resemble the feel of natural teeth. They are, however, more expensive than dentures, and they require a strong and healthy gum and jawbone for implantation, so not everyone is a candidate for this treatment.
Your Smile approved dentist can assess your individual circumstances and recommend the best solution for you.