As you grow older, you may find that your teeth become loose due to age-related gum disease, and even start to fall out. When this happens, you may need to consider getting dentures, so you’re able to continue chewing food adequately and continue smiling without having to worry about missing teeth showing.

What Are Dentures?

Denture are artificial teeth and gums that are designed to fit the shape of your mouth and replace natural teeth.

There are several different types of materials used to make dentures; acrylic or plastic and chrome cobalt to name a few. Depending on your needs and the condition of your teeth, we will discuss which type of dentures are suitable for you.

Conventional Complete Denture

conventional complete denture is a removable appliance used when all upper and lower teeth are missing. It rests directly on the gum tissue and will closely resemble your natural teeth; you will need to take it out and clean it.

A conventional complete denture is made when all teeth have been missing or removed for various reasons and the gum tissue has healed. The moulds are taken and the dentures made, this usually takes up to 4 visits. After the final fit where you will leave with the denture, you are likely to require some final adjustments over the next 24 to 72 hours as your gum tissue adapts to the new denture.

Immediate Complete Denture

An Immediate complete denture is made before the teeth are removed and immediately placed after teeth are removed, preventing you from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissue shrinks and heals, adjustments will need to be made. In this case the measurements are made before the teeth are removed, and you are likely to require a ‘reline’ of the denture as the tissue shrinks and heals.

Your denture may take time some time to get used to. Some say it feels bulky or they don’t have enough room for their tongue, other times dentures may feel loose.
These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a short duration; over time your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your denture and begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. In some they may never feel perfectly comfortable but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Although dentures are not your natural teeth you should care for them, you must brush to remove the stains and plaque, never use hot water as it may warp the denture, Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful while handling them so you don’t drop them, and never try to adjust them yourself; you could ruin them. So seek assistance from your dentist if you feel it is uncomfortable or loose.

Partial Denture

A partial denture is a removable dental appliance to replace one or more teeth missing; it rests directly on the gum tissue and also is supported by remaining teeth using a clip. Typically making a partial denture could take 2 – 4 visits.

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