Dentures are removable false teeth, usually made of acrylic resin and sometimes have a supporting metal framework. Partial dentures are used to replace one or a few missing teeth while full dentures are fitted if all of your upper or lower teeth are missing or need removing.
When Do my Dentures Need Attention ?
- When they become loose
- When the denture base or teeth become discoloured
- When tooth surfaces become worn flat
- When partial dentures do not fit around your natural teeth
- When you develop deep lines around your mouth
- When your chin sticks out and the corners of your lips are constantly wet and sore.
- When you stop smiling and feel conscious of your appearance
If you need dentures, we will assess your mouth and jaw and take a mould of your teeth and gums. Multiple impressions and measurements are sent back and forth between the practice and the laboratory in order to ensure that you have the best possible fit of your dentures. Once all of the measurements are correct, you will have a chance to ‘try-in’ a version of your dentures before the final set are made.
Because of this, making an excellent set of dentures requires multiple appointments and many weeks. Alternatively, ‘immediate dentures’ or ‘temporary dentures’ can be fabricated without multiple steps. This will save you time and expense but will adversely affect the fit and appearance of the final denture.
As false teeth are tailor-made to fit your mouth, they should not hurt. They do take some getting used to, and may feel a bit uncomfortable during the first three months as your gums and jawbone adjust to their new shape (especially if you had some teeth extracted before getting your dentures fitted). Once this period has passed, we may bring you back in to have your dentures relined or remade to fit the permanent shape of your gums.
False teeth have a bad reputation for looking fake and making the wearer look older. In reality, modern dentures are produced using cutting-edge technology that results in very natural-looking teeth and gums. We take precise measurements of your mouth and jaw in order to make sure the fit is exactly right, so you don’t need to worry about ending up with an overbite or wobbly dentures! Customising the look of your dentures to what your natural teeth looked like is possible. Bringing in old photos and getting input from family is a great help to allow us to work together to achieve your goals. They are totally customisable to each patient.
You should take them out and wash them with soap and water. We recommend that you soak your dentures in water with a fizzy denture-cleaning tablet daily in order to remove any food particles and prevent staining.
If looked after well, your false teeth will last up to seven years. Since your jaw and gums are gradually changing shape as you get older, we may need to make you a new set of dentures when this happens.
Aston is passionate about creating the very best dentures by using advanced techniques and the best denture laboratories in the country. The best way to decide whether dentures are your best option or whether we can improve on your current set is to come in and have a chat with him. He will then be able to explain your options and which ones would suit you best.
Dental implants are a form of treatment that may allow for you to stop wearing a denture, or they may help to improve the function of your dentures. They will also prevent the shrinkage of your jawbone over time. Speak to our team if you are interested in finding out more and we will be happy to arrange an assessment so that you can find out your options.
Denture adhesive can be used to improve the retention of, and reduce food accumulation beneath well-fitting complete dentures. They may also enhance patient comfort, provide peace of mind and also increase confidence and overall wellbeing.
Dentures may break if you drop them. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
Denture wearers should not keep their dentures in the mouth overnight to relieve soreness and prevent infection, unless there are specific reasons for keeping them in.
It’s still important that you visit the dentist regularly after getting a set of dentures. Doing so gives your dental team the opportunity to make sure that the dentures are in good shape and your mouth is still healthy. It also gives you a chance to ask them any questions you might have about your dentures.