Dentures Treatment

Dentures, or false teeth as they’re often called, are replacements for a patient’s real teeth and can be made either from acrylic (a type of plastic) nylon or even metal. They can be made either as a full set to replace all of the teeth in the mouth or as partial replacements for a single tooth or a number of them.

They are generally only recommended when there is no other option as the teeth to be replaced are too severely decayed or damaged to be repaired by any other method or there are other reasons why they need to be extracted. so dentures treatment now.

The procedure of fitting dentures

The first stage of fitting dentures involves the dentist taking a mould of the mouth which can then be used to make sure the finished dentures fit snugly over the gums. Along with precise measurements of the mouth, this information will be passed on to an experienced dental technician who will make a trial denture which will be fitted and any necessary adjustments made.

Then the final set will be made, ready for fitting and permanent use.

Partial dentures and bridges

If only a few teeth, or even single ones, need to be replaced then the dentist may recommend a partial denture. This is a plastic plate with artificial teeth attached to it that is held in place by clipping on to some natural teeth and which can be easily removed.

Another method of replacing a missing tooth is through the fitting of a bridge. This involves fixing crowns to the teeth either side of the gap an attaching an artificial tooth to fill it. Bridges can either be permanent or removable, depending on which the dentist recommends.

Getting used to dentures

When dentures are first fitted, they are certain to feel a little strange as they “bed in” to a mouth. That’s why the dentist will also recommend sleeping with them in, for a few days at least.

Eating is probably when the biggest challenges occur so it’s recommended that patients start with soft foods, cut into small pieces. It’s also important to try to chew on both sides of the mouth at the same time.

It can also feel like speech is affected by having dentures but, again, this will settle down after a few days.

Care of Dentures | Dentures Treatment

Properly cared for, a set of dentures should last for several years before they need replacing.

One of the first things to remember is that they need to be kept moist to avoid them from drying out and becoming brittle. So when the time comes to remove them at night they should be stored in a glass of cold water.

It’s also very important to keep them clean to remove the plaque and food particles that will collect on them. So, once they’ve been removed, they need to be cleaned with a toothbrush and left to soak in a denture-cleaning solution to remove stains and bacteria that might otherwise cause oral infections.

Dentures will often break when dropped on to hard surfaces so cleaning should be done either over a basin full of cold water or a soft towel.

Dentures FAQ

Does having dentures mean you don’t need to brush your gums?

No. It’s very important to look after your oral hygiene and health even if you have dentures. You need to brush your gums, tongue and any remaining teeth for at least two minutes twice a day.

Do dentures need adhesive to stay in place?

A properly made and fitted set of dentures should stay in place without the need for any adhesive, but some people like the extra confidence that fixing them in place can bring.

Don’t dentures make the gums sore?

As anyone gets used to a new set of dentures there is likely to be some rubbing and soreness initially but, as the gums adapt, this shouldn’t last long. If it does, then just book an appointment with the dentist.

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