Many people think that dentures have been left behind in the cosmetic dental revolution; that they’re out-of-date. But it isn’t so. In fact, using the latest technology and techniques dentures can create the ultimate smile makeover. The latest in cosmetic dentures can not only restore your smile but also take 20 years off your whole face!
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 – Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods. Foods cut into small pieces will also help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing these easier items, start to include other foods so that you slowly return to your normal diet.
Increased salivary flow – You may experience an increase in salivary flow when the dentures are first inserted. This is a natural response from the salivary glands. It will return to normal after a few weeks. While it’s still going on, simply swallow more often and you’ll be fine.
Speech – New dentures may alter your speech initially. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will speed up the adaptation process. This problem rarely persists beyond two weeks.
Sore spots – Minor irritation caused by surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas are quite common. Your dentist can relieve the discomfort by adjusting the denture surface. Stop wearing the denture if the irritation is very painful. Consult your dentist immediately.