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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are remaining in the mouth.
Complete Dentures

Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This "bridge" is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A IMPLANT supported partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.

Will Dentures affect my appearance?

We normally place denture teeth in the position of their natural predecessors providing support to the facial muscles. If you are replacing old or worn dentures then you will look and feel different. If you are wearing dentures for the first time and you are replacing lost or damaged teeth you will also look different. However this should look and feel normal within a short period of time.

Will Dentures affect my speech?

Depending on the amount of work carried out help improve your dentures they can affect your speech temporarily. This can be due but not limited to the repositioning of the teeth and the shape of the denture base. There are some simple tricks to help with speech which will be given at the time of denture delivery.

Will Dentures affect the way I eat?

Like anything new, you need time to adapt to your new denture. Chewing is one of the skills that needs to be adapted when you receive either replacement dentures or you are first dentures. You can help yourself accommodate by taking smaller portions and chewing slowly and avoiding sticky or tough foods for a little while. You should soon see an improvement due to the new dentures being more efficient as the chewing surfaces have less wear.

When can I wear my Dentures?

This is personal preference; however we recommend that you wear your dentures as much as possible. It is widely agreed upon that you should sleep without your dentures, however if you choose to sleep with them it is important to keep your denture extremely clean. Remove them at least once a day and brush the tissues underlying the dentures with a soft tooth brush. This removes any plaque build up along with any food debris; it also stimulates the blood vessels which is an essential part of healthy tissue.

Will Dentures make my gums sore?

Every effort will be made to make your new dentures to fit and be as comfortable as possible. However it is not uncommon to develop pressure points and sore spots. These if left untreated can make the dentures feel very uncomfortable. If you find you have a sore area and it last for more than 48 hours you should seek professional help. A minor adjustment can bring added comfort in a matter of minutes.

How should I store my Dentures?

Dentures are designed to function in a moist environment it is therefore not advised to let the dry out completely. If your dentures are left out of your mouth they should be kept in water.

Will my Dentures break easily?

Dentures are made from very resilient materials but it is recommended to clean them over a basin of water or a towel. This will cushion the fall if they are dropped. Care should also be taken with partials with clasps as they can sometimes be bent out of shape during heavy brushing. If a partial does not feel comfortable when you place it into your mouth you should get a professional opinion on its fit. Do not try to adjust it yourself.

Why do I need to clean my Dentures on a daily basis?

A healthy mouth can contain many millions of bacteria. Some of these bacteria can cause inflammation and infection of the oral tissues. It is therefore essential to clean dentures at least once a day.

How should I clean my Dentures?

It is advisable to rinse your dentures and your mouth after every meal however at least once a day the dentures should be brushed to remove any plaque accumulation and food debris, and then use a denture soak. It is also advisable to brush your gums to remove any debris including any residual dental adhesive.

What Denture Cleaner should I use?

There are many brands of denture cleaners on the market and what brand to use is usually down to personal preference. However it should be noted that household bleach and everyday toothpaste can harm the denture. If you notice a lot a tartar or plaque build up you may also use white vinegar to soak your dentures and then brush off any residual build up. Remember that you can have your denture professionally cleaned by a Denturist in a matter of minutes.So if you notice heavy stains gask your dentist for a cleaning by denturist.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium replacements for natural roots. Titanium has biocompatible properties which enables natural bone to fuse to it, or integrate. Once an implant has integrated it can be used to carry special attachments to help secure partials or denture. It is now also widely believed that it also stimulate bone tissue to help maintain a healthy jaw and mouth.

How will Dental Implants stabilize my Dentures? Dental implants stabilize your dentures by attaching to the denture using snap receptors or bars which are attached to the implant fixture and the denture. This can remove any movement during normal chewing function. Dentures can also be screwed directly onto the implant which offers and non removable option

Are There Alternatives to Dentures?

Yes, dental implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Consult our implantologist for advice.


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