What are dentures?
Dentures are removable false teeth used to replace missing teeth. The base of dentures, called a plate, can be made of either metal or acrylic resin, but the artificial teeth are usually made of acrylic and designed to look just like your natural teeth. Dentures can be either full or partial, depending on how many teeth need to be restored.
What’s involved in the denture treatment procedure?
A thorough check-up is the first step when considering dentures. Your dentist will evaluate the current condition of your teeth and determine the most suitable treatment for you. Apart from examining your teeth and gums, we may also take x-rays to determine if your teeth are strong enough to support dentures.
The second step involves taking impressions of your mouth so your unique dentures can be custom made. With your dentist, you can then tailor your dentures’ size, colour and shape.
Getting the perfect fit right away isn’t always possible. Some adjustments may need to be made, requiring subsequent visits. It’s important to remember that dentures are a bit like new shoes; they can take time getting used to, but once you have you’ll hardly notice them.
What are the signs that I might need dentures?
If you have experienced significant tooth loss and are missing most or even all your teeth, dentures are probably the best option for you. Contrary to popular belief, dentures aren’t only for older people. Dental issues such as gum disease, tooth decay and even some dental abnormalities could lead to the need for dentures, no matter a person’s age.
Are dentures uncomfortable?
Although dentures can take some time to get used to, most people grow accustomed to them and find themselves getting back into their regular lifestyle. If, however, you find your dentures are ill-fitting and uncomfortable, then make an appointment with your dentist straight away to discuss the issues. No one should live with the constant frustration of irritating dentures, and often a simple and minor adjustment will have them more to your liking.
How do I look after my dentures?
While good for natural teeth, regular toothpaste can contain ingredients that are harmful to dentures. We recommend hand washing your dentures every night with dishwashing liquid and a brush, and then soaking them overnight in a water-based cleaning solution.
It’s important that you soak your dentures overnight because they must always stay moist. If they dry out, they can warp or crack.
What are the alternatives?
If you find that you’re regular dentures aren’t suiting you, there are alternatives. Bridges provide a fixed alternative to partial dentures, while full dentures can be held in place with ‘clips’ mounted on to dental implants.
Please give our awesome team a call if you would like any further information on dentures or other tooth replacement options.