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Dentures- The ultimate guide to great looking teeth

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Losing your teeth is not just a practical problem but a physical one. This can have severe psychological impact that affects not only our basic human functions of how we chew and bite but also how we feel mentally.

Our teeth are also there to provide support and structure to our cheeks and so the whole balance of our face. If you have been suffering from missing teeth it is also important to have those teeth replaced as soon as possible so that your facial appearance can be maintained.

What are Dentures?
Dentures are false replacements for your real teeth. Their purpose is to look and function in the same way as real teeth and the gums that surround them. Gone are the days of obvious false teeth! Modern-day dentures can look very realistic, natural and feel comfortable.

Different types of dentures

If you lose all your teeth then chances are you will need what is known as complete dentures. However, if you lose only a few sometimes a partial denture also know as an overdenture can be used. Partial dentures can help stop your natural teeth shifting when you have lost the teeth that lie between them.

Often dentures are made from a type of acrylic resin but thanks to technological developments dentures can be made from a wide range of materials ask your dentist about the options and choices available to you.

How do dentures stay put?

Normally dentures hold fast due to the suction that goes on between them and your own gums although for security sake a fixative is often used. This is the main worry for denture users, their concern that they may come loose at an inopportune moment, which can cause embarrassment. Generally speaking dentures should be held in place by their natural suction to your gums. Sometimes dentures can be fixed securely in place by dental implants which can give patients the confidence to eat whatever they wish. More and more patients are opting for this treatment despite the additional cost.

How to look after your dentures?

When it comes to taking care of your dentures it’s as important as looking after real teeth, hygiene is key. They need to be taken out every night so gums can rest and be exposed to your own saliva which helps to keep them healthy. It’s also important to wash your dentures thoroughly.

Special cleaning tablets are available for your dentures. Make sure they are clean before they go back into your mouth. Stains can easily be removed but if you have difficulty removing some stubborn stains then your dentist or hygienist should be able to assist you when you visit. Regular check-ups are important to ensure that your teeth remain healthy as do your gums and to ensure that your dentures continue to fit properly.

Do dentures go the distance?

Dentures will last but it depends on how much you take care of them. Naturally over time your bite will change and gums can shrink this can mean that your dentures can become loose fitting. This can be dealt with either by modifying your existing dentures or by making a whole new set. This will depend on the individual involved and the budget available.

The procedure involved

During your first appointment your dentist will assess your needs, examine your mouth and take a qualified decision on the suitability of your mouth for dentures. This is a key part of the process and is important in ensuring the best possible outcome for you.

After this appointment a mould of your gums will be taken and used as a model to make your new dentures this will take in every subtle curve and shape of your mouth and if there are any your existing teeth.

Temporary or immediate dentures

In some cases when you are being fitted for dentures some teeth will need to be taken out of your mouth, don’t worry this is normal. Therefore, it is key to remember that you will need to allow your gums and mouth to heal fully before your final dentures are fitted properly. This does take time but is important to the process. Don’t worry temporary dentures will be provided whilst this process is undertaken. Temporary dentures can be changed during the healing process (this can take up to several months) to ensure you have the best fit whilst you wait for your final dentures to be made ready.

Whatever state your teeth are in and whether your needs are for full or partial dentures, it is important to remember that the stigma once associated with dentures is changing. Modern dental technology has meant that for many people the difference between their original teeth and their dentures is almost indistinguishable. This can be of great comfort and reassurance to those wishing to embark upon the denture route. The good news is they can look good and feel great thus restoring your natural self confidence.