A comfortable denture fits snugly over gums and replaces missing teeth, counteracting the problems of missing teeth, including difficulty eating and speaking, unwanted movement of existing teeth, and facial sagging.
Dentures are made from plastic or metal.
Metal partial dentures are usually made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium and they are much stronger. They are lighter to wear and can be supported by the remaining teeth. Although the base is metal, they have gum-coloured plastic and natural-looking teeth fixed to them. They are more expensive than plastic ones, but also stronger. Your dentist will advise which your best option is.
It is possible to get dentures as soon as your teeth are removed. These are referred to as ‘immediate dentures’. An impression of your mouth is taken to create the denture prior to the tooth extraction.
Immediate dentures mean that you don’t need to be without teeth during the healing process. Nevertheless, it is natural for the bone and gums to shrink, especially during the first six months after your teeth are removed. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures will need relining or adjusting initially and remaking after 6 months.
In some cases, you may be advised by your dentist to wait until your gums are healed before having your dentures made. In this case we recommend waiting a minimum of 3-6 months after your extraction(s) before having a new denture made.
When having a new denture it is normal to find speaking and eating a little tricky. We recommend cutting food into smaller pieces and chewing slowly to get used to the feeling of your dentures. Reading out loud at home will help you to adjust any initial speech impediments quickly and discreetly.
Although dentures may replace some or even all of your missing teeth, it is still essential to maintain regular appointments with your dentist. Over time dentures may become worn or loose fitting and may need to be replaced or relined. Our friendly team will keep track of your gum health as well as the fit and condition of your dentures to ensure that your bite and comfort is optimal.
It is also essential to keep your dentures clean to prevent stains and prevent damage to your gums and teeth.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when living with dentures:
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