What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth as well as restoring aesthetics and function. Every denture case is unique and requires the clinical skill and judgement of the dentist to provide the best possible treatment.
Dentures are available in two main forms:
- Full dentures which replace all your natural teeth once they have been lost.
- Partial dentures which replace missing teeth, where one or more of your natural teeth remain.
Is Everyone With Missing Teeth Suitable For Dentures?
No – everyone with missing teeth may not be suitable to have dentures. This is a clinical decision and is based on the dentists assessment of your mouth. Each case is different and the dentist will be happy to discuss this option or other possible options with you.
Who Makes The Dentures?
All the clinical stages and decisions are made by the dentist who writes a prescription which is sent to the dental laboratory along with an impression of your mouth. From these the dentures are constructed by skilled technicians.
What Do Dentures Feel Like?
If you have never had a denture before it may feel quite strange for the first week or so while you adjust to having teeth in a position where previously there was a gap. Some dentures cover most of all of the roof of your mouth which may alter taste sensation as there are a few small taste buds on the roof of your mouth. This is perfectly normal and should not alter taste sensation too much as most taste perception occurs on the tongue.
Plaque will form on dentures like it does on natural teeth and if it is not removed regularly through proper care, it could affect the way your dentures fit. It can even cause unpleasant odours and health risks. You should clean your dentures every day using a firm toothbrush and mild detergent.
Over time, your dentures may become loose. Should you notice this, come back to us and we will assess them for a reline or remake them for you.
Dentures can take a little getting used to, particularly when it comes to speaking and eating. This is normal at first but soon enough you won’t even notice that your dentures are there.