Dentures are a common solution for patients with missing teeth. They enable you to enjoy a healthy, balanced diet and restore your confidence in your smile. The plate (base) of a denture may be made of acrylic or metal, while the replacement teeth are usually made of acrylic, which can be closely matched to the natural shade of your teeth.
There are two types of dentures – partial dentures, which replace a few missing teeth, and full dentures, which replace all the teeth in one arch (jaw). Full dentures are made to fit snuggly over your gums while partial dentures are secured to your remaining natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments.
Dentures have several benefits, not least preventing your diet from being restricted. A full, balanced diet is essential to your overall health.
When you lose your natural teeth, facial muscles around the cheeks and jaws can start to sag, leading to a prematurely aged appearance. Dentures provide support for your facial muscles, helping to prevent this sagging. They also help you to speak properly, which many patients who have lost their natural teeth struggle with.
You will need at least two appointments to have your dentures fitted. At the first appointment your dentist will take impressions and measurements of your mouth and will send this, along with any other information, such as the shade of denture required, to our laboratory for your dentures to be made up. When they are ready you will be called back to see us and we will check that your dentures fit perfectly.
It usually takes a bit of practice to eat and speak as normal with new dentures. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces and chew evenly on both sides of your mouth. You will soon get used to your dentures and will be able to introduce other foods until you are back to eating a health, balanced diet. With speaking, practise reading aloud, particularly focusing on any words that you find difficult to pronounce. You will soon find that your speech returns to normal.
A good home care routine is essential with dentures to keep your mouth healthy, so always follow your dentist’s aftercare advice.Back to Treatments