Dentures are removable false teeth that come with benefits including helping to improve how you eat and speak, as well as boosting your confidence by restoring your smile.
They can also enhance facial shape especially around the lips and in the cheek area. You can either have partial dentures for a few missing teeth or full dentures to replace a whole set of teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw.
They are usually made from acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. Thanks to modern materials, partial dentures will blend in beautifully with existing teeth and complete dentures can pass for the real thing.
It can take a little while to get used to new dentures, especially if they are a complete set. They may feel odd at first and eating can be tricky so it may be a good idea to start with softer foods and slowly introduce more challenging items. The amount of saliva in your mouth may increase but this should soon improve as your mouth gets used to your replacement teeth.
Initially, speaking may be difficult but you can improve this by reading aloud. If you are experiencing any sore spots in your mouth, the denture surface may need some adjustment.
Dentures are designed to be hard-wearing, but they will last longer if you treat them with care. They should be removed before you go to bed so your gums can have a rest, but they must be stored in water or denture fluid as they could lose their shape if allowed to dry out.
Clean your dentures with a toothbrush or a special denture brush and remember to keep your gums and any remaining teeth clean too. You will also need to attend regular check-ups so your dentist and hygienist can keep an eye on your oral health.
Patient had old, worn upper denture with a couple of teeth broken off and a missing lower front tooth. As a result he was embarrassed to smile widely. After treatment with a new upper denture and lower missing tooth replaced