WHAT IS A DENTURE?
A denture restores a space caused by missing or lost teeth. It obviously improves your smile if the space is visible at the front of your mouth but also allows you to eat efficiently so you don’t have to avoid foods that may be difficult to chew because of the spaces. This avoids any loss of confidence when you socialise or when you enjoy a meal out with friends or family.
WILL A DENTURE ALTER HOW I LOOK?
The denture not only replaces lost teeth but can also replace the gum and bone that has resorbed since a tooth was removed. The denture will provide support to your cheeks and lips, therefore preventing sagging of your facial muscles and maintaining a more youthful appearance.
TYPES OF DENTURE
- A full or complete denture replaces all the teeth in either the upper or the lower jaw.
- A partial denture fills spaces caused by missing isolated or groups of teeth.
Dentures can be made of plastic or metal. A new technique allows the denture to be made of a flexible plastic that allows it to fit snugly between teeth and avoid the use of finger like clasps to retain the denture in place.
Dentures can also be retained in place with the use of implants – this means the denture is fixed securely and can only be removed when the patient intends to remove it for cleaning.
- A partial denture fills spaces caused by missing isolated or groups of teeth. Dentures can be made of plastic or metal. A new technique allows the denture to be made of a flexible plastic that allows it to fit snugly between teeth and avoid the use of finger like clasps to retain the denture in place.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DENTURE
We always advise to clean your dentures over a bowl of water or towel in case they drop. If they fall into a hard porcelain sink they fracture.
It is important firstly to remove any denture fixative or any food that may have gathered on the surface of the denture. An effervescent “fizzy” denture cleaner should be used to soak the denture and remove stubborn stains which will leave the denture feeling clean. All surfaces of the denture should then be brushed thoroughly. If you notice a build-up of tartar on your dentures it may be better to ask your dentist to remove this or we may send it to the technician to restore its original glossy polished surface.
If you have a full or complete denture your dentist will advise how often you should attend for a routine examination – this allows the dentist to assess the fit of the denture as well as the important examination of your mouth for any infections or early signs of oral cancer.
If you have a partial denture, regular attendance with your dentist and hygienist is essential. The denture will produce an increased amount of plaque to build up around the remaining natural teeth – this will carry an increased risk of dental decal and gum problems to these teeth. Decay on the roots of teeth adjacent to the denture are at significant risk of decay, especially if diet and oral hygiene habits are poor.