Why Consider Dentures?
If you have partial or total loss of teeth from decay, disease, trauma or genetics, then having dentures fitted is a good option to recover your smile and to enjoy eating food again.
Dentures are removable artificial teeth and gums that are taken out to be cleaned and during sleep but left in to smile and eat.
Unlike your grandmother’s dentures, modern dentures don’t have to look fake. Dentures are made of modern acrylics and resins and are designed to look like your natural teeth.
There are two main types of dentures:
A full denture
A full denture replaces all of your natural teeth on the upper, lower or both jaws. These are prescribed when all or almost all of the natural teeth are missing or damaged beyond repair. Where only a few teeth remain in the mouth, these are removed before the denture is fitted.
Full dentures are kept in place via suction between your denture and your gums. Dental implants can also be used to be used as clips to secure the denture if movement is an issue.
A partial denture
A partial denture replaces one or a number of missing teeth. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps clipped onto your remaining teeth. They are a removable alternative to dental bridges.
Your dentist will discuss the best denture option for you to suit your needs and preferences.
An immediate denture
An immediate denture is one that is placed the same day that a tooth is extracted. If you don’t want to be without a tooth, this might be a good option.
What Happens During A Denture Fitting for A Full Denture?
Having a full denture fitted will generally take a number of appointments to taking impressions, trying in and then adjusting them to the perfect fit for your mouth.
Having a full denture fitted starts with your dentist taking impressions of your teeth and gums. At the try-in appointment, you will get to approve the colour and shape of the new teeth and be able to see if your face and lips are supported properly by the new dental arrangement.
After the denture is made and as you become accustomed to wearing it you might need to return to the dentist for minor adjustments.
If you already have a full denture, you may need fewer appointments. If teeth need to be extracted first, you might need to wait until the bone has healed before starting or you might choose to have an immediate denture.
What Happens During A Denture Fitting for A Partial Denture?
Having a partial denture fitted starts with your dentist taking impressions of your teeth and gums which is then used to custom make your dentures.
There are two types of denture; acrylic with wrought wire clasps or a metal framework with cast clasps.
An acrylic denture is a good option if your mouth and teeth are changing due to gum disease and tooth loss. It makes a good temporary solution if you are waiting for an implant or healing after an extraction.
The cast metal framework with pink acrylic and teeth is a more intimate fit on your teeth and is less likely to move and get food caught under it.
A partial denture must match your remaining teeth and fit in with your bite. As with the full denture, there is a try-in appointment to approve shape, colour and fit.
How Long Does It Take to Get Used to Dentures?
No matter how well fitting, dentures may take a few weeks to get used to.
Putting in and taking out your dentures will feel awkward at first. Don’t try and force your dentures into place by biting down onto them. Take your time until it becomes second nature.
You may find that initially, your gums may be a bit sore or irritated. Often your dentist will tell you to wear your new dentures while you sleep in the early days. If you feel any tenderness in part of your mouth in the morning, then your denture needs adjusting.
Once you are through the initial adjustment period, it is recommended you remove your dentures during the night.
Your saliva flow may temporarily increase as your body compensates for the new dentures in your mouth, and your dentures may feel a bit loose as the muscles in your cheeks, and tongue gets used to them.
With food, start by introducing pureed foods or soft foods cut into small pieces and chew on both sides of your mouth at once. As you get used to chewing, gradually introduce firmer foods until you return to your normal diet.
Be careful of overly cold or hot foods or liquids as you may inadvertently burn your mouth or throat as your dentures act as an insulator.
It takes some time to get used to speaking with dentures in, and many patients find they have to practice particularly challenging words or sounds. If your dentures make a “clicking” sound when you speak, speak more slowly.
If you have any concerns or ongoing problems with your denture, speak with your dentist.
Tips For Maintaining Your Dentures
Your dentures need daily brushing to reduce bacterial buildup, minimise odour and prolong their life. Use a soft-bristled denture brush and water to remove any food particles.
You may also consider an ultrasonic cleaner for additional deep cleaning, but this does not replace daily brushing.
Soak your dentures in denture cleaner to help remove bacteria. Talk with your dentist about the right types of denture cleaners for you.
Brush your gums with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to remove plaque and stimulate circulation.
Never let your dentures dry out. If you are not wearing your dentures soak them in cool water. Never use boiling or hot water as it may warp your denture.
Brush your dentures over a folded towel or bowl of water. Dentures can break if dropped.
If your full denture fits perfectly, you generally will not need dental glue or adhesive. If your denture feels loose, it may need to be adjusted or replaced.
Keep your denture out of reach of your pets. Dogs have been known to chew on and damage dentures.
See your dentist if your dentures are loose, or if they become chipped, cracked or broken.
Keep up with your regular dental check-ups to monitor your gums and your dentures.
Ready to talk about dentures?
If you are looking for high-quality dentures, then book an appointment with Meg Bowtell Dentist in Alderley.