What is a denture?
A removable denture replaces missing teeth. ‘Partial’ dentures replace a few missing teeth and ‘full’ or ‘complete’ denture are needed if all the natural teeth are missing.
Complete dentures are generally made of acrylic (plastic) but can have metal clasps. Partial dentures can also be made of acrylic or alternatively they can consist of acrylic teeth on a light metal base: this type of partial denture is more secure and less bulky, but is more expensive.
What will my dentist do?
The dentist uses a putty- like material to make moulds of your mouth – called impressions. A dental technician uses them to make models for the denture to build on. Sometimes, second impressions are taken.
The Technician makes wax blocks, which fit the models. The dentist puts in your month to record the position of your jaw in relation to each other. The dentist then trims and seals the wax blocks to show the technician how your teeth should bite together, and the shape to make the denture.
A trial denture is made and put in your mouth. The dentist will ask you how it fits, feels and looks before they make any final changes.
The trail denture then goes back to the technician who
permanently fixes the teeth. The denture is then ready to use.
The dentist may want to see you again fairly see to see how
you are getting on with the denture. If there are problems, they can make small adjustments.
How do you care for a denture?
A denture is fragile, it is important to handle it with care. Remove and brush the denture daily, preferably with a brush designed specifically for cleaning dentures, using either a denture cleanser or toothpaste. Never use harsh, abrasive cleansers, because they may scratch the surface of the denture. Don’t sterilise your denture with boiling water it will cause it to become warped. If you wear a partial denture be sure to remove it before brushing your natural teeth.
Benefits of having a denture
If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve they way you look, bite, chew and speak.
They are custom-made to match your mouth and can be made to look as natural as possible.
Dentures can be fitted immediately after teeth have been taken out so that nobody will know you have had a tooth out. These are called ‘immediate’ denture.
The teeth that are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly.
Continuing your dentist regularly
It is important to continue having regular dental examinations so that a dentist can examine oral tissues. As of ageing, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust your denture or possibly remake your denture. Never attempt to adjust a denture yourself.
Dentures will never feel like your own teeth and it can take time to get used to them. If you haven’t had a denture before, the dentist will want to explain the difficulties of wearing dentures, as well as the benefits and how you should look after your new dentures and the teeth you have left.