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Everything you need to know about dentures

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable plastic or metal frameworks made to hold single or multiple false teeth. Dentures are very effective in replacing missing teeth and are custom made to fit your mouth size and shape, giving them a natural feel and look.

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What are the types of dentures and the differences?

Dentures can be full or partial, and the number of missing teeth you have will usually determine which option is suitable for you.

Full dentures comprise a removable plate or an acrylic base that is made to sit above your gums. Over this plate will sit a set of natural-looking acrylic teeth, replacing your original missing teeth.

Partial dentures can come with a base plate made of plastic or metal – the metal is a lot stronger, lighter and more expensive than the plastic. A partial denture is fixed to the teeth on either side of the gap and replaces one or a few missing teeth.

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What are the benefits of dentures?

  • Dentures can help improve your smile and speech, indirectly building your confidence
  • By replacing missing teeth, dentures improve everyday life by helping you eat and drink more comfortably
  • Dentures keep your remaining teeth healthy by filling gaps left by missing teeth and preventing decay

You can get in touch with us at Smile Clinic London, and our expert dentist will be pleased to discuss your options with you.

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What are the drawbacks to fitting dentures?

Dentures aren’t a permanent solution for missing teeth. They’re removable and a little uncomfortable initially, so you will need time and patience to get used to them. Your dentist may schedule a checkup for a week after fitting your dentures to inspect them and make necessary adjustments. As time passes, you will find your dentures becoming more comfortable as you get used to them.

Most dentists usually would advise you to avoid wearing your dentures at night. However, your dentist may recommend you wear them day and night for the first week or two to help you get comfortable with them.

Your new dentures may affect your speech at the initial stage, and you may find some words difficult to pronounce. A good option is to practice reading aloud, and your speech will improve in time.

It might take a while to get used to eating, so start with soft foods and practice using both sides of your mouth to chew at the same time. Chewing this way will help your dentures stay in place.

Your dentures will require care and regular maintenance to keep them from becoming brittle. Regular adjustments of your dentures will also be needed to keep it properly fit as you age and your facial structure changes. If properly cared for, your dentures can last as much as five to eight years.

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What are alternatives available to removable dentures?

Some options include:

  • Bridges: These are false teeth attached to existing natural teeth
  • Dental implants: False teeth fitted on top of a titanium implant attached directly to your jawbone

The number of missing teeth and the condition of your gums and remaining teeth usually will decide what dental restoration option is most suitable for you. Your dentist can help you make this decision. Contact Smile Clinic London to learn more about your options for replacing missing teeth.

What is the procedure for fitting dentures?

First, an impression of the area of your mouth is taken using dental putty. This impression, accompanied by accurate measurements of your mouth, will be sent to a dental technician. Your dentures will be built in the lab by the technician to the correct size and shape of your mouth, so your dentures can fit and feel as natural as possible.

Your dentist may remove more teeth to fit a full set of dentures – this may also be done because your other teeth are too decayed or loose and past saving.

Your full dentures can be fitted straight away, or your dentist might advise you to take a couple of months to let your gums heal first, so your dentures fit better. If done straight away, your new dentures may need further adjustment in the future to improve their fitness. You can decide what option is most favourable to you with your dentist.

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How to care for your dentures

  • Clean your dentures after every meal. You can use a soft toothbrush with soap or toothpaste.
  • Clean every surface of your dentures, including the areas sitting against the gums and the roof of your mouth
  • Soaking your dentures in a denture cleaning solution may help remove stains. Brush them again once you take them out of the solution
  • Don’t drop your dentures, as they may be prone to breakage. When cleaning, do so over a soft surface or in a bowl of water to prevent dentures from breaking
  • Don’t leave dentures to dry out. A good option is to seal them in a plastic box or store them overnight in a glass of cold water
  • Use only the correct cleaning products. You can have your dentist recommend this for you. The linings of your dentures are delicate and can get easily damaged by the wrong cleaning solutions

To learn more about dentures and determine if they’re the best option for you, get in touch with us at Smile Clinic London, and our friendly staff will be happy to advise you and answer any questions.

How to care for your mouth

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your remaining natural teeth and gums twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Clean the spaces between your teeth using a dental floss or tape
  • Use a soft brush to clean your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth
  • Take your dentures out at night to allow your mouth to rest and prevent infections
  • Schedule regular checkups with your dentists. During these appointments, the fit of your dentures will be checked, as well as any problems or damage to your gums or soft tissues

Conclusion

With proper care, your dentures can last a long time. But if they become worn or loose, they could cause you a lot of discomfort and irritation. Schedule regular visits to your dentist so you can be advised on the right time to have new dentures fitted and prevent problems before they arise. Contact Smile Clinic London today to get expert advice and recommendations.