Dentures

People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal and acrylic.

A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws.
A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’.

Why should I wear dentures?

They will help you to eat comfortably and speak clearly, and will improve your appearance. It also will help that your remaining teeth are not moved and tilted.Dentures.

Will dentures make me look different?

When teeth are lost the facial muscles lose support and this can cause visible sagging around the mouth area. This can make a person look older.
So replacing lost or missing teeth automatically improves appearance.
A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips.

Also replacing missing teeth helps us to eat and speak properly. Dentures can be made to closely match your natural teeth so that your appearance hardly changes. Modern dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face.

Will I be able to eat with dentures?

You may need a little time to get used to wearing a new denture. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the denture from moving and start with soft foods cut into small pieces. As you become more used to your denture, other foods can be added until you return to your normal healthy diet.

My upper denture fits fine, so why am I having problems with my lower plate?

hero2_all_smiles_denture_clinic_030613The gum support in the lower jaw is much less and the lower denture may feel more wobbly as it has to be balanced between your cheeks and your tongue. The upper denture usually has much more suction to hold it in place. After a while you will learn the shape of your new denture and how to keep in place even when you open your mouth wide.

How long will my dentures last?

Dentures usually last several years as long they are looked after. However, sometimes the shape of the mouth can change or the denture may wear and therefore your dentures will need to be relined or re-made. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. As Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections, not to mention discomfort. A loose or ill-fitting denture can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems.

How often should I see my dentist?

Most dentists recommend a dental check up at least once a year. Regular dental check-ups and having your teeth professionally cleaned are vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy this allows your dentist to check the soft parts of your mouth, including the tongue and cheeks. These examinations are important so the dentist can spot any infections, mouth conditions or even mouth cancer at the earliest stages. Full denture wearers should check with their dentist about how often they should visit. With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile.

Are dentures my only option?

No. Implants are another option to consider. Ask your dentist for more information on this. You will find more information in our implant section.

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