Dentures are an option for anyone who has missing teeth. They are simple to fit, removable and designed to look and feel exactly like your own teeth. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, or gaps in your teeth are causing problems with eating or speech, then dentures could be a great solution for you.
What are the options?
Dentures are either complete or partial. A complete set of dentures will replace either all your upper teeth or all your lower teeth. A partial set of dentures provides replacement teeth where there are gaps created by one missing tooth or a couple of missing teeth.
What are dentures made of?
Dentures are made of an acrylic substance that is coloured to look just like the flesh of your gums. Dentures designed for the top set of teeth will cover the roof of your mouth whereas dentures for your lower teeth will be created in a curved, horseshoe shape to leave space for your tongue. Dentures are made by taking impressions of your teeth and mouth.
How are dentures fitted?
Full dentures fit snugly over the gums once any remaining teeth have been removed. You may need to allow some time for your gums to heal before the dentures are fitted. A partial denture sits on a metal framework that is attached to other teeth in the mouth. Crowns may be necessary to act as anchors on your natural teeth for the dentures.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures offer a simple solution to missing teeth and can help give your face structure if tooth loss has caused it to change shape or to sag. They can make eating easy again and they do wonders for self-confidence that has been damaged by a gappy smile. The process of creating and fitting dentures is simple and fast and doesn’t require any intrusive procedures or cause any pain.
How long do dentures last?
Dentures are not a permanent solution and normal wear and tear means they will need to be relined and remade every five to eight years. If you look after your dentures well then you can prolong their usefulness. Don’t drop them as dentures can break easily, don’t let your dentures dry out and make sure you brush them regularly to remove stuck food and soak them overnight.