What is a Denture?

People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can eat a more varied, healthier diet which may have been previously restricted. It will also help you to smile with confidence.

Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. A 'complete' or 'full' denture replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Whilst a 'partial' denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or 'precision attachments'.

Why should I wear dentures?

Partial dentures replace teeth that are missing and can sometimes be supported by the teeth you have left.

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.

Full dentures will help you to replace all your own teeth and will fit snugly over your gums.

They also help you to eat comfortably and speak clearly, thereby helping to increase your confidence and self-esteem.

How soon can I have a denture after my teeth are taken out?

If you have 'immediate dentures,' then these can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. You will need to visit the dentist beforehand for them to take measurements and impressions of your mouth.

With immediate dentures you don't have to be without teeth whilst your gums are healing. However, bone and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first six months after your teeth have been taken out. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or even replacing. Your dentist will be able to talk to you about this.

Sometimes your dentist may advise you to wait until your gums are healed before giving you dentures as this can sometimes provide a better fit due to your gums taking several months to heal.

Who will make and fit my denture?

Your dentist usually takes measurements and impressions of your mouth, then orders your dentures from a dental technician.

Will dentures make me look different?

Replacing lost or missing teeth helps to change your facial appearance and is much better for your health as you can start to eat healthier fruit and vegetables again. A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older and they find it harder to eat and speak properly.

Dentures are made to closely match your natural teeth so that your appearance hardly changes. Modern dentures can even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face.

Will I be able to eat with dentures?

To begin with, eating will take a little practice and will require you to start off with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth at the same time to stop the denture from moving. As you get more used to your denture then you can add other foods into your diet until you get back to your normal regime.

Will dentures change how I speak?

If you ever wore braces, then you will remember that pronouncing certain words took practice. Wearing Dentures is exactly the same. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help. If you find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, reposition them by gently biting down and swallowing. If this continues see your dentist.

How long should I wear my dentures?

During the first few days, your dentist will probably advise you to wear them for most of the time, including whilst you are asleep. After your mouth gets used to your dentures, then your dentist may advise you to take them out before going to bed. This allows your gums to rest and helps keep your mouth healthy. When you remove your dentures at night, it is best to store them in a small amount of water to stop them from drying out.

Should I use a denture fixative?

Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth and so you shouldn't need a denture fixative. However, over time, dentures may become loose and not fit so well. When this happens, some people prefer to use a fixative for a short time before having them replaced. A poorly fitting denture may cause irritation and sores. This can often happen if you have worn 'immediate' dentures for some time.

Follow On Care

Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft brush. This removes plaque and helps the blood circulation in your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that may lead to you losing more of your teeth. Your dentist may recommend that you see their hygienist to have your remaining natural teeth cleaned regularly.

For further information, ask your dentist about our range of Dentures or speak to the receptionist by calling us on 01902 763200.