Why do I need dentures?
If you’ve lost a tooth, whether through an extraction following decay, trauma or you just want to improve the appearance of your smile,
Gaps left by missing teeth can lead to eating and speech problems. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth usually made from acrylic or metal.
There are two types of dentures:
These are a full set that will replace all of your upper and lower teeth. Some dentures can be fitted on the same day as your teeth are removed, these are known as Immediate dentures and will normally need to be replaced after 6 months of gum and bone shrinkage. A new set of dentures can then be made to the new shape of your gums.
If you are not having any teeth removed dentures complete dentures can be made without having to wait for gum and bone shrinkage.
These are replacements for either a single tooth, or a few teeth. Partial dentures sometimes have clips that fit onto your natural teeth with metal clasps and can easily be unclipped and removed.
How are dentures fitted?
Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and create a trial denture to assess the fit and appearance. Any adjustments to the shape or colour will be made, and then the final denture is produced.
How should I take care of my dentures?
Dentures may feel slightly uncomfortable as you adjust to them. They should not generally be slept in at night and should be taken out and cleaned with toothbrush and toothpaste . They should then be kept moist either in water, or a suitable denture-cleaning solution overnight to prevent the denture from drying out and changing shape.
Make sure to brush your dentures just as you would brush natural teeth, as well as paying attention to your gums and tongue.