Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic) or metal (cobalt-chrome). They fit over the gums to replace missing teeth.
We also make flexible acrylic dentures which are suitable in certain cases.
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech. They can also improve the appearance of your smile and give you confidence.
These gaps can be restored by a partial denture which can replaces one tooth or more missing teeth.
If all your teeth require replacing you can have a complete (full) dentures to restore all your upper and/or lower teeth
The process can take a few visits as the dentist will have to take measurements and impressions (moulds) of your mouth which the dental technician uses to make the dentures. They also may require some adjusting after fitting.
Looking after your dentures
Dentures may feel a bit strange to begin with, but you’ll soon get used to wearing them.
Clean your dentures as often as you would normal teeth (at least twice a day – every morning and night)
Keeping your mouth clean is just as important when you wear dentures. You should brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.
If your dentures fit properly, you shouldn’t necessarily need to use denture fixative (adhesive). However, if your jawbone has shrunk significantly, adhesive may be the only way to help retain your dentures. Your dentist or clinical dental technician will advise you if this is the case.
At first, some people feel more confident with their dentures if they use adhesive.
When to see your dentist
You should continue to see your dentist regularly if you have dentures (even if you have complete dentures) so they can check for any problems.
Your dentures should last several years if you take good care of them. However, your gums and jawbone will eventually shrink, which means the dentures may not fit as well as they used to and can become loose, or they may become worn.
If poorly fitting or worn dentures aren’t replaced, they can cause great discomfort and lead to mouth sores, infections or problems eating and speaking.