Dentures, also known as false teeth, are used when someone has missing teeth. They can be removed from the mouth. They are made with a base that matches the colour of the gums and teeth with a shape and colour tailored to suit you. They can be made completely from acrylic or from metal and acrylic.
Do All Extracted Or Missing Teeth Need To Be Replaced?
Not all missing teeth need replaced. However, your teeth are important for many reasons, so replacing them can be beneficial.
Teeth are important for:
- Supporting the muscles of the face
If you are missing many teeth, you may find chewing more difficult. You may not have a complete smile and the muscles of your face may collapse.
The dentures can be partial which replace a few teeth, or full dentures which replace all of the teeth in the mouth. Your dentist will take great care to select teeth shapes and colours that will suit your face shape and skin tone. With the help of a skilled dental technician, dentures can look very natural.
How Will Your Dentist Make Your Dentures?
Your dentist will look at your dental history and examine your mouth to assess what your denture requirements will be. They may also take X-rays.
If any teeth have to be removed prior to making the dentures, the gums must heal before the permanent dentures can be fitted.
Making dentures may require a number of appointments to complete. The stages of making dentures include taking moulds of the teeth and gums, noting how your jaws meet together and trial dentures. Stages are usually 2 weeks apart, the time it takes for the technicians to carry out the work.
Your New Dentures
Dentures feel very different to having your natural teeth. You may find this difficult to get used to. Initially there can be some discomfort while your mouth adjusts to the shape of the new dentures. This can be solved easily by returning to your dentist to have them adjusted.
Cleaning Your Dentures
It is important to keep the dentures clean, as you would with your normal teeth, to keep your mouth healthy and prevent infections. Regular cleaning of the denture will also stop discolouration of the denture.
They should be cleaned with a soft brush and warm soapy water. Then steep your dentures in a denture cleaner, for example, steradent for 3-10 minutes. Your denture should be cleaned and left in clean cold water over night to rest your gums.
Do not use ordinary tooth paste as this will scratch and damage the dentures.
Regular check ups with your dentist should be made to ensure the dentures continue to fit correctly and that your mouth and gums are healthy.