Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic, nylon, metal, resin or porcelain. They fit closely and comfortably over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential issues caused by missing teeth.
In case you have any concerns about dentures, please feel free to give us a call.
Types of Dentures
Full dentures will replace all of a patient’s natural teeth. They sit closely on top of the gum line which works differently from dental bridges that are anchored to existing healthy teeth. Usually, they are fitted within 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed/extracted.
Partial dentures are used in cases where the remaining natural teeth are not strong enough for a dental bridge procedure or when there are multiple missing teeth. Partial dentures have a pink-coloured base that is attached to a metal piece. These two pieces help to hold the denture in the mouth.
They are easy to manage and removable. They also help to prevent the other teeth from moving and are made from all-acrylic or acrylic material.
How to Look After Dentures
Having dentures on may feel a bit strange initially, but you’ll soon get used to wearing them.
Initially, you might need to wear your dentures around the clock even while you are sleeping.
Based on your condition, your dentist will further advise you on whether you should remove the dentures when you sleep.
Though it is not compulsory to remove your dentures when you sleep but doing so can allow your gums to rest.
Dentures, when removed, should be kept moist. They can be kept in water or a polythene bag with some dampened cotton wool in it or in a suitable overnight denture-cleaning solution.
This will prevent the denture from drying out and losing its shape.
How to Clean Dentures
Keeping your dentures free of plaque and food deposits is important.
Clean your denture, similar to how you would clean your natural teeth and do it at least twice a day.
- brush your denture with toothpaste or soap and water before soaking them to remove food particles
- soak them in a fizzy solution of denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria (follow the manufacturer’s instructions)
- brush them again as you would your normal teeth (but don’t scrub them too hard)
Dentures may break if you drop them, so you should clean them over a bowl or sink filled with water, or something soft like a folded towel.
The Benefits of Dentures
Denture is a very common solution to multiple or completely missing teeth. Some of the advantages of the denture are:
Fit & Functionality
Dentures are made to fit your mouth exactly through taking a mould of your teeth and gums and using an x-ray, if necessary. When dentures fit nicely, patients are not as self-conscious or worried and will not have to use dental adhesives to keep the dentures in place.
Lesser Visits to the Dentist
Once you get past the initial adjustment period where you may need to visit the dentist more, dentures are easy to maintain and relatively hassle-free.
Prevent Facial Muscle from Sagging
Toothless gums can result in your cheeks sinking inwards or downwards. Having dentures fitted can help to support your cheeks and the skin on your face.
When your denture(s) is/are being fitted, the following steps are likely to take place:
Tooth extraction/repair: Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your case before advising if you need to have any teeth extracted or repaired.
Impression: Moulds of your mouth will be taken to create a denture that is customised for you.
Bite moulds: Wax blocks are used to check that your biting action is comfortable. At this stage, you may be able to choose the shape and colour of your new teeth.
Wax models: Your new teeth are set in wax, allowing you to have a visual of how your final denture will look and work.
Fitting: Your final denture is fitted and you will be given instructions on how to look after and clean the denture.
Who is Suitable for Dentures?
If you are interested in dentures, you would most likely have some questions. How do they work? What do they feel like? What are my options? Please feel free to give us a call and discuss with NoFrills Dental team about your questions and concerns—you have our support every step of the way.
Our dentist will advise on whether denture is a good option for you and can discuss with you on the range of denture options which NoFrills Dental offers.
- Book an appointment with your NoFrills Dental practice to discuss any denture questions you have.
- Dentists at NoFrills Dental practices recommend replacing your denture every 5-7 years. A denture can wear down, stain, and lose their shape, and may become less comfortable over time as the size and shape of your mouth changes.
- Consult with NoFrills Dental if:
- Your current denture is uncomfortable
- You find yourself using more and more denture adhesives