Dentures are still at the forefront of dentistry – we use the latest techniques and technology to create the ultimate smile and smile makeover.
Some patients find they’re not suitable candidates for implants to replace missing teeth – especially if they’ve suffered some bone loss (not uncommon as you get older – especially if you’re missing a lot of teeth) or have gum disease (again, unfortunately, not uncommon). But it isn’t the end of the world. A well-made denture can work really well and give you an excellent look.
A denture is a removable ‘appliance’ (dentists sometimes call it a ‘removable prosthesis’) that is used to replace missing teeth. Dentures are commonly referred to as ‘false teeth’. Sometimes people also call them a ‘plate’.
A denture is usually made of an acrylic material or a combination of acrylic and metal. These combination dentures are usually called a ‘chrome’ or a ‘chrome denture’ – a reference to their metal-reinforced frame.
A ‘partial’ denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is used when all the natural teeth are missing.
A good set of dentures helps you to eat and speak, increases your comfort; and often improves a person’s appearance. They can give a great confidence boost.
USEFUL SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOU TO ADAPT TO THE NEW DENTURES:
Eating – We advise to start with soft foods – cut into small pieces will also help. Chewing slowly using both sides of your mouth which will prevent the dentures from tipping. Once you have got use to chewing everything will become easier and more natural for to you, returning to your normal diet.
Increased salivary flow – You will find you will increase in the salivary flow when the dentures are first fitted. This is a natural response from the salivary glands. It will go back to normal after a few weeks. If you just swallow more often you will find this will help you.
Speech – Getting use to your new dentures will take some time just simply talking may take some getting use to. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. We advise if you practice reading out load to yourself this will speed up your adaption to speaking freely and easy.
Sore spots – You also might incur minor irritation, this is caused by surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas which are quite common. Your dentist can relieve this by adjusting the denture surface. If the pain is too much stop wearing the denture and consult your dentist immediately.