What are dentures?
People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so that they can smile with confidence. These can either be made from acrylic or metal.
A complete or full denture replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Whereas a partial denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It is generally fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments.
Why should I wear dentures?
Full dentures, should you require full teeth replacement, fit snugly over your gums. You will be able to eat comfortably, speak well and it will improve your self esteem.
As partial dentures can be supported by the teeth you have left, you are able to fill any gaps you may have. If these are left, other teeth may move to take up some space so you end up with crooked or tilted teeth. This can be damaging to both your bite and surrounding teeth.
How soon after having teeth removed can I have a denture fitted?
Immediate dentures can be fitted straight after teeth have been removed. Impressions of your mouth will have to be taken beforehand so these can be prepared in advance. These dentures ensure that you do not have to be without teeth whilst your gums are healing. During the healing process, bone and gums can shrink, especially during the first six months of tooth extraction. If shrinkage occurs, your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or replacing.
Will dentures change my appearance?
Replacing lost or missing teeth is positive for both your health and your appearance. As well as replacing natural lost teeth, dentures also give support to your cheek and lips that could sag without it. This could make it more difficult for you to eat and speak properly.
Dentures can be made to match your natural teeth so that your appearance doesn't change. Modern dentures can even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of the face.
Will I be able to eat with dentures?
Eating with dentures may take practice. It is advised that you start with soft food cut into small pieces. This must be chewed slowly with both sides of the mouth at the same time to stop the denture from moving. As you become more used to this and your denture, adding other foods will become easier until you are back to a regular diet.