Dentures can be an effective replacement for lost or missing teeth. They help wearers enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence.
I don't mind the gaps in my smile- why should I wear dentures?
Full dentures, to replace all your own teeth, fit snugly over your gums. They will enable you to speak clearly and eat comfortably.
If you have gaps between your teeth, partial dentures are an effective solution to replace missing teeth. If you have gaps between your teeth, then your other teeth may move to take up some of the space, so you could end up with crooked or tilted teeth. This could affect the way you bite and could damage your other teeth.
How soon can I have a denture fitted after my teeth are taken out?
Usually dentures can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. The dental team ensure a good fit by taking measurements and impressions of your mouth before your teeth are removed.
With these 'immediate' dentures, you don't have to be without teeth while your gums are healing. Bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first 6 months after your teeth have been taken out. If your gums shrink your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or even replacing.
These 'immediate' dentures mean that you don't have to be without teeth while your teeth are healing. Sometimes your dentist may recommend that you wait until your gums are healed before making your dentures to ensure a better fit. Healing may take several months.
There are 2 main types of denture, Full and Partial.
Full dentures are used where a patient has lost all of their teeth on their upper or lower arch.
Partial dentures are used where a patient has lost one or more teeth; there are often other alternatives to a denture (such as implants or bridges); your dentist will discuss all appropriate options with you before commencing treatment.
What are dentures made from?
Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. The gums and teeth on the denture will be made from acrylic and mimic the appearance of real teeth and gums.
Your dentist will discuss the different denture options available to you, and associated costs.
As denture types and materials vary greatly, the associated costs will also vary.
Your dentist will discuss all options with you for replacing missing teeth; should you decide to go ahead with full or partial dentures, your dentist will provide a full cost estimate for you before you commence any treatment.
How often should I clean my denture?
It is important to treat your dentures like you would treat your natural teeth. It is recommended that you clean them thoroughly last thing at night, and at least one other time during the day.
Keeping your dentures clean helps to prevent bacterial or fungal infections, inflamed gums or (in the case of partial dentures) further decay and tooth loss.
How do I clean my dentures?
Take care to clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
Step 1: Brush your dentures to remove any bits of food.
Step 2: Use a fizzy denture cleaner to help remove stubborn stains (always follow the manufacturer's instructions).
Step 3: Brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface.
Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which fits against your gums.
For more information on denture care, please speak to your dentist, dental nurse or hygienist/ therapist.