Tooth loss and Dentures

Loss of teeth can happen for many reasons. Infection, poor hygiene, trauma to the tooth. Many people will at some point have to deal with losing a tooth. As teeth support the structure of our faces, losing one can affect our appearance as well as our ability to chew and speak. Sagging cheeks and sunken faces are not something you have to put up with.

Missing teeth can be replaced with dentures, fixed bridges and even dental implants. The sooner the tooth is replaced the less stress the rest of your teeth will be put under.

Dentures are a common way to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth. Modern dentures are comfortable and look realistic. If fitted properly they should function just like your original tooth.

  1. What types of dentures are available?

    There are partial and complete dentures. Complete dentures are used when you have no remaining teeth. Partial dentures are used when you only have a few teeth missing. Partial dentures stop your remaining teeth from moving in your mouth and changing your bite.

  2. What are dentures made of?

    Modern dentures are usually made of acrylic. With either acrylic or metal plates holding the acrylic teeth. Your dentist can tell you which type of denture is most suitable for you

  3. Will my dentures stay in place ?

    Properly fitted dentures should stay in place using just suction. You can get dental fixatives to help hold your false teeth in place, but they should not be necessary.

    As your gum shape changes after you lose teeth, you should come back to the dentist as get the fit checked regularly.

    Dentures can be fixed securely in place by dental implants, which can give you the confidence to eat whatever you want without having to worry about your dentures coming loose or falling out. If you are interested in finding out more about Implants click here.

    Many people opt for implants despite the cost, as they can dramatically improve eating and speaking for people who have difficultly in adjusting to dentures.

  4. How should I look after my dentures?

    It is important to keep your dentures clean at all times. You should remove your dentures at night to give your gums “a rest” and the chance to be exposed to your natural saliva, which will keep them healthy.

    It is highly recommended that you brush your dentures and soak them in a glass of cold water whilst you aren't wearing them. You can add special cleaning tablets to the water when you soak your dentures. Always brush your dentures before putting them back into your mouth.

    If your dentures begin to collect debris or stains that you cannot remove by normal brushing, your dentist or hygienist will be able to professionally clean your dentures for you.

    It is important to visit your dentist regularly to ensure that your dentures are in good condition and continue to fit your gums, as the shape of your gums and underlying bone can change with time. Loose fitting dentures can cause irritation and inflammation of your gums and problems with eating and speech.

  5. How long do dentures last?

    How long dentures last depends on how you take care of them and also how much you use them.

    Over time, dentures can become loose as your gums shrink and your bite changes. When this happens, you may need a new set of dentures. In some cases, your dentist may be able to do a simple modification of your existing dentures.

  6. What is the procedure for getting dentures?

    On your first appointment, your dentist will talk to you and exam your mouth to assess how suitable you are for dentures.

    Some of your existing teeth may need to be removed before the dentist can proceed with your dentures. if your gums are in poor health, we will treat this before doing any further work

    Once you have a healthy mouth, the dentist with take an impression of your gums. A dental technician will then use the mold to fit the contours of your mouth exactly.

    If teeth have been extracted , you dentist will fit you with a temporary denture until your gums have healed, and an impression for the permanent denture can be made.

 

 

 

 

 

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