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Dentures – Help to prevent problems with eating and speech

Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps.

About Dentures

Dentures can help to prevent problems with eating and speech and, if you need complete treatment, they can also improve the appearance of your smile and give you confidence.Dentures are made to look like natural teeth and gums.

What Dentures Are Right For Me?

There are many types of dentures. You might be recommended:

  • partial dentures – which replace just one tooth or a few missing teeth, or
  • complete dentures (a full set) – which replace all your upper or lower teeth

Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures or removable bridges are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. It is replacement teeth designed to fit between those remaining natural teeth, much like a puzzle piece.

The replacement teeth are attached to a pink gum-colored plastic base.It is anchored to the existing remaining teeth by the help of a little hidden metallic clasp so that the partial dentures hold in place in the mouth.It can easily be unclipped and removed.

Occasionally, the clips can be made of a tooth- or gum-coloured material, although this type of clip isn’t always suitable, because it tends to be more brittle than metal.

At Urgent Dental Care the dentist will measure your mouth and order a partial denture for you. The partial denture will be manufactured in the dental laboratory. We will fit and adjust the denture if necessary on your second visit.

A fixed bridge is an alternative to a partial denture and may be suitable for some people. Crowns are put on the teeth either side of the gap and joined together by a false tooth that’s put in the gap.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are for people without any remaining healthy teeth. Traditional dentures rest on top of the gum line, and they stay in place with natural suction or the help of a denture adhesive.

Our dentist might choose this treatment if all your upper or lower teeth need to be removed or you’re having an old complete denture replaced.

The denture will usually be fitted as soon as your teeth are removed, which means you won’t be without teeth. The denture will fit snugly over your gums and jawbone.

However, if you have dentures fitted immediately after the removal of several teeth, the gums and bone will alter in shape fairly quickly and the dentures will probably need relining or remaking after a few months.

Occasionally, your gums may need to be left to heal and alter in shape for several months before dentures can be fitted.

A trial denture will be created from the impressions taken of your mouth. The dentist or clinical dental technician will try this in your mouth to assess the fit and for you to assess the appearance. The shape and colour may be adjusted before the final denture is produced.

Dental Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean is just as important when you wear dentures. You should brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental problems.

Cleaning Dentures

It’s important to regularly remove plaque and food deposits from your dentures, because unclean dentures can also lead to problems, such as bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay and oral thrush.

Clean your dentures as often as you would normal teeth (at least twice a day – every morning and night). You should:

  • brush your dentures with toothpaste or soap and water before soaking them to remove food particles
  • soak them in a fizzy solution of denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria (follow the manufacturer’s instructions)
  • brush them again, as you would your normal teeth (but don’t scrub them too hard)

Be careful not to drop the dentures, they might break. You should clean them over a bowl or sink filled with water, or something soft such as a folded towel.

Eating with dentures

When you first start wearing dentures, you should eat carefully. Cut food into small pieces and chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth.

Avoid chewing gum and any food that’s sticky, hard or has sharp edges.

You can gradually start to eat other types of food until you’re back to your old diet. Never use toothpicks.

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