Gaps caused by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech as well as making you feel self-conscious about your smile.
Dentures are custom made dental prosthesis or removable false teeth that fit securely over the gums and around any existing teeth to allow you to speak, eat and smile with confidence. They can be worn by people of all ages, and certainly a good option for multiple missing teeth.
Dentures can be either complete/full dentures (replacing all of the patient’s natural teeth) or partial (replacing some of the patient’s natural teeth)
If dentures are the right treatment for you, your dentist will begin by taking measurements of your mouth and impressions of your existing teeth. There are a number of stages to the denture process, and therefore treatment will take a number of appointments to ensure the prosthesis is custom made to fit your mouth. Your dentist will be able to provide you with more details after a thorough consultation.
There are different dentures that can be made, using different materials and designs, and we are able to provide a full range of options. Each mouth is different and the type of denture that would be most suitable for you can be discussed at your dental appointment with your dentist.
New dentures can feel awkward or even uncomfortable Initially until you become accustomed to them. Dentures may feel loose initially, until your neuromuscular control of the denture improves and your mouth adapts. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation and soreness during this period. Most patients usually adapt and issues resolve over time
Your dentist will be able to guide you through the process and what to expect.
Your dentist will advise you on how to take care of your dentures for many years of use. Dentures can harbour food particles and bacteria during the course of the day and hence it is recommended to take them out every night and sterilise them and also to allow your mouth time to breathe.
Brushing your dentures gently, then placing them in a denture cleaning solution will look after your dentures.
You should also brush your existing teeth as normal twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste and use interdental cleaning aids where possible. This is extremely important at the presence of a denture will inevitably attract more plaque and bacteria to your remaining teeth
Yes. If you find that you don’t like the look of your existing dentures or they are uncomfortable, do not stay in place, click when you talk or are visibly worn then you may wish to have them replaced.
Your dentist will advise you on the most appropriate treatment during your consultation appointment.