Tooth loss is a natural part of life that many of us have to face. Dentures are removable false teeth that can fit in the mouth to replace teeth that have been lost or extracted. Dentures can have a transformative effect on lives as they improve how you eat and speak, as well as boosting your confidence by restoring your smile. They can also enhance facial shape, especially around the lips and in the cheek area. You can either have partial dentures for a few missing teeth or full dentures to a replace a whole set of teeth on the upper or lower jaw.
Dentures are usually made from acrylic, or a combination of acrylic and metal, and modern materials mean that partial dentures will blend in beautifully with existing teeth and complete dentures can pass for the real thing.
Making and fitting dentures can take several appointments to ensure the final set of dentures are a secure and comfy fit.
Having dentures is a big change so can take a little while to get used to your new dentures, especially if they are a complete set. To help get used to eating, it’s best to start with softer foods and slowly introduce more challenging items. The amount of saliva in your mouth may increase, but this should soon improve as your mouth gets used to your replacement teeth. Reading aloud will help you to adjust to speaking with the dentures. If you are experiencing any sore spots in your mouth, the denture surface may need some adjustment.
Your dentist will talk through how best to care for your dentures. Dentures should be removed before you go to bed so your gums can have a rest, but they must be stored in water or denture fluid as they could lose their shape if allowed to dry out.
You’ll need to clean your dentures with a toothbrush or a special denture brush and remember to keep your gums and any remaining teeth clean too. You will also need to attend regular check-ups so your dentist and hygienist can keep an eye on your oral health.