Westbury Dental Care and Implant Centre is a well-established and family friendly practice in the heart of New Malden. Our team of highly skilled professionals provide the best and most conservative option to meet your needs. Our clinic provides a comfortable and relaxed environment to help you feel at ease and full of confidence. If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dentures are a great solution that provide a removable placement for missing teeth. Book your appointment with us today by calling us directly on 020 8942 8943!
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. If you are suffering from a lack of confidence from missing teeth, this is not the only effect that you may be suffering from. Missing teeth also cause problems with eating and speech which can cause severe frustration.
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. For the first two or three days after your new dentures have been fitted, you are likely to feel some degree of discomfort but this is a completely normal feeling that is experienced by most patients. After the first days pass, mouth muscles will adapt to the new norm and any discomfort should disappear.
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.
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth on 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 so they won’t look out of place. Missing teeth can really ruin the aesthetic of your smile and help to restore self-confidence and youthfulness.
It’s important to regularly remove plaque and food deposits from your dentures, as unclean dentures can also lead to problems such as bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay and oral thrush. 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).
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. As previously mentioned, it’s perfectly normal for the first few days to experience some degree of discomfort. However, we will invite you back for regular appointments to make sure that your dentures are perfectly fitted and aren’t falling out of place within the first few months.
Contact Westbury Dental Care and Implant Centre
If you have already lost a tooth or several teeth, it’s very likely that your need for dentures is immediate. Our dental professionals are happy to invite you to our practice for an initial consultation so that we can examine your current oral health and make sure that you are an ideal candidate for dentures. Get in touch with us today by calling us directly on 020 8942 8943!