Veneers For A Comfortable Smile
Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic) or chrome and acrylic (metal and plastic). They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps.
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle. Sometimes all the teeth need to be removed and replaced.
You may therefore need either:
- complete dentures (a full set) – which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or
- partial dentures – which replace just 1 tooth or a few missing teeth
Dentures may help prevent problems with eating and speech and they may also improve the appearance of your smile and give you confidence.
Benefits and Aftercare
Eating with dentures
When you first start wearing dentures, you should eat soft foods cut into small pieces and chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth. Avoid chewing gum and any food that’s sticky, hard or has sharp edges. You can gradually start to eat other types of food until you’re back to your old diet.
If your dentures fit properly, you shouldn’t necessarily need to use denture fixative (adhesive). But if your jawbone has shrunk significantly, the adhesive may be the only way to help retain your dentures. At first, some people feel more confident with their dentures if they use adhesive. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and avoid using excessive amounts.
Adhesive can be removed from the denture by brushing with soap and water. Remnants of adhesive left in the mouth may need to be removed with some damp kitchen roll or a clean damp flannel.
Benefits and Aftercare
When to see your dentist
You should continue to see your dentist regularly if you have dentures (even if you have complete dentures) so they can check for any problems. Your dentures should last several years if you take good care of them.
But your gums and jawbone will eventually shrink, which means the dentures may not fit as well as they used to and can become loose, or they may become worn. If old, poorly fitting or worn dentures aren’t replaced, they can cause great discomfort and lead to mouth sores, infections or problems eating and speaking.
Questions about Dentures
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
Having dentures fitted is a band 3 treatment. Dentures can also be made on a private basis – ask your dentist for more details.
What Are Dentures Made Of?
Dentures are made of acrylic (plastic) or chrome and acrylic (metal and plastic).
How do you clean dentures?
It’s important to regularly remove plaque and food deposits from your dentures. This is because unclean dentures can also lead to problems, such as bad breath, gum disease, decay and oral thrush. Clean your dentures as often as you would normal teeth (at least twice a day: every morning and night).
- brush your dentures with a non=abrasive denture cleaner or soap and water. Make sure you brush all surfaces of the denture including the surface that fits against your gums before soaking them to remove food particles
- soak them in a denture cleaning solution to remove stains and bacteria (follow the manufacturer’s instructions)
- brush them again as you would your normal teeth (but don’t scrub them too hard)
Dentures may break if you drop them, so you should clean them over a bowl or sink filled with water, or something soft like a folded towel.
How are dentures fitted?
A trial denture will be created from the impressions taken of your mouth over a series of appointments. The dentist will try this in your mouth to assess the fit and for you to assess the appearance. The shape and colour may be adjusted before the final denture is produced.
If the denture is being made to replace teeth that are being extracted the denture will usually be fitted as soon as your teeth are removed, which means you won’t be without teeth. But if you have dentures fitted immediately after the removal of teeth, the gums and bone will alter in shape fairly quickly and the dentures will probably need relining or remaking after a few months and if you pay for your treatment then this will be at an additional cost.
Occasionally, your gums may need to be left to heal and alter in shape for several months before dentures can be fitted.
How do you look after your dentures?
Dentures may feel a bit strange to begin with, but you’ll soon get used to wearing them. At first, you may need to wear your dentures all the time, including while sleeping. It is good to remove your dentures at night to allow your gums to rest as you sleep.
If you remove your dentures, they should be kept moist – for example, in water or a polythene bag with some dampened cotton wool in it, or in a suitable overnight denture-cleaning solution.
This will stop the denture material drying out and changing shape.
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