Dentures are a removable set of artificial teeth made to replace natural teeth you have lost, and are used to restore appearance and oral functions.
What types of dentures are available?
Complete dentures are used when all teeth need replacing in your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. They are held in place with a flesh coloured acrylic base that fits snugly over your gums.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, and fit in amongst and around those remaining teeth. They rest on a framework that attaches to your remaining teeth as well as fitting over your gums. You might like to discuss with your dentist alternative options to improve upon standard dentures such as a colbalt chrome framework or a flexible denture.
Dentures are more comfortable and natural looking than ever before and, unless you tell someone that you’re wearing dentures, they probably won’t even notice. Once made and fitted, these custom-made replacements are easily put in and taken out of your mouth by you, giving you the flexibility to wear them at times that suit you. Looking after dentures is straightforward. The key things to do are to always handle them with care, to clean them daily, and to leave them to soak when not in use. They can be worn all day but taking them out at night is advisable.
How are dentures made?
Dentures are made in a laboratory, based on impressions and measurements taken of your mouth. This approach helps to make a set of dentures that fit comfortably, give you a proper bite, and to look like your natural teeth. Ongoing visits will be required for the fitting and checking of your dentures due to normal wear and tear and also, because, as you age, your mouth shape will naturally alter, realignments and replacements will be required. Dental examinations are recommended every 6-12 months.
Whilst developments in dentures have made them more comfortable than previously, they won’t feel exactly the same as natural teeth, and it will take time to adapt. Eating and speaking with dentures may feel awkward for the first few weeks, but over time you’ll adjust to them and will be able to eat and speak as normal.
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