What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. They fit comfortably over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. You may need either, complete dentures (a full set), which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or partial dentures, which replace just one or a few missing teeth.
What are the advantages of having a denture?
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle. Dentures can improve the appearance of your smile, fill out your face and give you confidence. Advancements in technology mean they can look natural and match any existing teeth.
What to expect from my dentures?
Initially dentures will feel like a ‘new pair of shoes’, but you’ll soon get used to wearing them. Everyone adapts differently and several days or weeks may be required before you get accustomed to them.
Tips to help you adapt to your New Dentures:
Speech: Speech may alter and pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help.
Eating: Initially soft food will help and also cutting food into small pieces.
Pressure Spots: Slight irritation caused by denture surface irregularities on the denture-bearing areas is quite common. Your dentist will relieve the tenderness by adjusting the denture. If the irritation is very painful, stop wearing your denture and consult your dentist immediately.
How should I look after my dentures?
Keeping your mouth clean is just as important when you wear dentures. You should brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste.
Clean your dentures as often as you would normal teeth (at least every morning and night) by:
✔ brushing them with paste or soap and water before soaking to remove food particles
✔ soaking the dentures in a fizzy solution of denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria – follow the manufacturer’s instructions
✔ brushing them again, as you would your normal teeth (but don’t scrub too hard)
✔ Dentures may break if you drop them, so you should clean them over a bowl or sink filled with water.
When should I see my dentist?
You should continue to see your dentist regularly if you have dentures, even if you have complete dentures, so they can check for any problems.