Figures from the British Dental Health Foundation indicate that around 19% of people in the UK have either full or partial dentures, particularly those in the upper age bracket. Dentures offer a simple solution to missing teeth, whether that’s as a result of age, gum disease or something like a sporting injury that has resulted in tooth loss. So, what do you need to know about them? Here are some essential denture facts.
Why get dentures?
The simple answer to this is because you may have lost a tooth, or teeth, in one of the ways described above. Most dentists will recommend that you replace lost teeth as not doing this can have a number of knock on effects. Lost teeth can create problems with speech, eating, swallowing and causing damage to the remaining teeth as a result of the extra strain of one, or more, missing.
What types of dentures are available?
There are two main types of dentures available – full dentures or partial dentures and the type that you need will depend on why you’re getting dentures in the first place. A partial dentures is fine for mouths missing a few teeth – to help preserve the alignment of the remaining teeth – whereas full dentures work when all the natural teeth in an upper or lower arch need replacing.
How are dentures fitted?
The first step is for your dentist to evaluate your mouth and decide the kind of dentures that are required, as well as any extractions that may be necessary first. Once any extraction has healed, your dentist will make impressions of your mouth so that they have a pretty accurate copy from which to build great, natural looking dentures. Together with your dentist you can choose tooth shapes, sizes and colours for your mouth – this is a great time to highlight anything you didn’t like about your original teeth as this can be corrected with dentures. After that the dentures are fitted and checked regularly to make sure they are comfortable and functioning well.
Looking after dentures
Regular dental exams are necessary to make sure that dentures are still doing their job and, in between, you will need to make sure you look after your dentures properly. Soaking overnight can kill 99.9 % of denture germs so this is important, and regular brushing will ensure that dentures look great and continue to give you a fantastic smile.
If you’d like to know more about dentures then contact your local Smile Pad dentist and make an appointment.