Do you have several missing teeth or a number of decayed or rotting teeth that need to be replaced? Do you struggle to eat certain foods or avoid smiling and talking to people because you are ashamed and embarrassed by your smile? If so, then a denture (otherwise known as false teeth) could offer you a highly suitable solution!
Dentures help restore the look and function to your mouth, allowing you to eat, talk and smile easily and with increased confidence. They are removable, but can be fixed more securely using dental implants as a solid foundation. When fitted correctly, no fixing adhesive should be required, and it is often difficult to tell someone is wearing dentures as they can look so realistic.
Full dentures are used in the event that all of your teeth need to be replaced. They can be fitted in the top and bottom of the mouth. A full denture incorporates a plastic gum-coloured arch with a set of crowns attached.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or more teeth. A plastic or metal plate will be used with crowns attached where required. The plate will be held in place with metal hooks which will anchor to your existing teeth.
If your existing teeth need to be removed it is normally possible to fit your removable denture straight away, although sometimes a recovery period is required. If your dentures are fitted immediately it is likely you will need to return after several months for a readjustment or replacement. This is because the bone and gums tend to shrink slightly in the months after your teeth have been extracted.
The length of treatment will differ on a case-by-case basis. The manufacture of a set of dentures is an involved process which takes time and skill. You will need to attend several appointments whilst you are being measured for and fitted with your dentures so that we can ensure they are as secure, comfortable and natural looking as possible.
Following an initial consultation, a treatment plan will be produced. Impressions of your mouth will be taken and used to make a wax model of your dentures. Once this model has been checked for fit, bite and comfort, a final set of dentures will be produced and you will be invited for a fitting appointment. There will be a time period of around 1-2 weeks between each appointment. You will need to return for a check-up around 1 week after your dentures are fitted so that we can make sure you are happy with your new dentures.
It can take some time to get used to your new dentures, particularly if they are a full set. However, the transformation will be quite dramatic and you are sure to be delighted with your new look.
You may find it strange to eat at first. If so, start with softer foods and introduce new items gradually. You may also notice a slight increase in salivary flow which should improve after a couple of weeks.
Speech can be slightly affected at first until you get used to your new dentures. If this is the case, try reading aloud to yourself and practice more difficult words when you are alone!
Occasionally, your dentures may cause sore spots because they are exerting pressure on certain parts of your gum. If this happens we may need to adjust the denture surface. Please contact us for an appointment.
On the whole, dentures are strong and hard-wearing and should last for many years.
It is important to look after your dentures and deal with any problems early to avoid potential sores and infection. If you notice any of the following please return for a check-up immediately.
For more information on dentures, please contact our patient coordinator, Jaime, on 01452 727 665 or [email protected].
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