Dentures are false teeth that have been custom made to fit your mouth in order to replace natural teeth that have been lost. Dentures can either be full – to replace all the teeth, or partial – to replace some teeth.
Full dentures are made from acrylic and partial dentures are either wholly acrylic or they may have a metal frame.
The procedure for dentures
Creating dentures that are a good, comfortable fit takes skill and time, and will require a number of visits to the dentist.
– The dentist takes impressions of your mouth
– A dental technician uses the impressions to make a wax model of your dentures
– The dentist will fit the wax model into your mouth, making any necessary adjustments
– Using the modified wax model the technician will make a trial denture
– The dentist will check the look, feel and fit of the trial denture in the mouth
– The trial denture will be fixed by the technician to create the final denture
– Follow up visits to the dentist may still be required for minor adjustments for optimum comfort
Getting used to new dentures
Dentures will probably feel strange and may be a little uncomfortable to begin with as the mouth adjusts.
Sore spots and tenderness to the gums are common to start with, but should only last a day or two.
Eating and speaking can be a little difficult until you get used to the new dentures. Some people experience a little nausea and you may find food tastes differently at first.
If soreness or discomfort persists, the dentist can make minor adjustments to the dentures as necessary.
Looking after dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures attract plaque, become stained and collect food particles that can cause bad breath or irritate gums. Dentures need regular cleaning with a combination of brushing and soaking.
Advantages of dentures
– If you have lost teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak
– Modern techniques mean that dentures can now appear very natural.
– It is healthier for gums and any remaining teeth to have dentures rather than gaps as gums will be protected and natural teeth will not move or tilt.