Dentures are removable false teeth that can be used to replace lost natural teeth. They are generally made from either a plastic/acrylic resin base or a metal framework with acrylic teeth.
Dentures are available either as a full set which replaces all the teeth in either upper or lower jaw, or a partial set which can replace a single or several missing teeth. A full upper denture uses the effects of ‘suction’ to fit securely over the gums and palate. A partial denture, may consist of a plastic or metal plate, which fits around the existing natural teeth. It can be fastened to the teeth with a metal clasp and may be supported by the existing teeth.
Dentures can be made to appear very natural. They should be carefully cleaned and removed over-night.
How do I get fitted for Dentures?
We will take an impression of your gums and teeth to create an exact model of your mouth. This is then sent away to a dental technician and used to create your denture. It can take several stages to ensure that your dentures feel comfortable and are functional, yet natural looking in appearance.
Can I eat normally with a Denture?
Having a denture may feel a little strange at first and you may be worried about what you can eat. We advise that you start by eating mainly soft foods until you get used to your new dentures. It can take some time to adjust to new dentures and your mouth will need to train itself to function well with the artificial teeth. New dentures can need some adjustments, and your dentist will be able to address any early problems.
After the initial adjustment period, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the foods you normally eat. Be aware though that harder foods, like toffee for example, should be avoided so that you don’t risk damaging your dentures.
Caring for your Dentures
Dentures are a removable appliance, and should be left out overnight. Make sure that they are kept clean at all times in order to avoid any irritation of the underlying gums, teeth and skin.
Please do persevere with your new dentures, however, if you find it difficult to adjust to them, then you may want to consider fixed options for gap replacement, such as bridges and implants. Your dentist will be able to advise you.