What are dentures?
Dentures are a set of false teeth that enable individuals to eat naturally and smile with confidence.
They are usually made from lifelike resin teeth bonded to a plastic base. You can have either a complete set of dentures or a partial set – depending on how many teeth you are missing and how many needs to be replaced.
What precautions do we need to take with denture use?
Dentures are fragile. Refrain from using harsh abrasive cleansers as they may scratch the surface. Never sterilize your dentures in boiling water.
Will new dentures be comfortable?
New or modified dentures may feel strange at first and can affect your speech and eating. The more you wear them the better they will feel as the mouth needs time to adapt to the new shape. So keep on trying.
A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture. You can contact your dentist if you have any other questions or trouble with your new dentures.
How can we take care of our dentures?
- Dentures need to be removed and brushed daily with your toothbrush and denture cleanser.
- Remove your dentures at night to allow the gum tissue to rest.
- Soak your dentures with denture cleansing tablet and water overnight everyday.
- Have your dental check every 6 months so the dentist can examine your oral cavity for signs of disease or oral cancer.
How can we manage loose dentures?
Dentures usually need to be altered from time to time. That’s because the gums and bone supporting the dentures change over time. Thus your dentures may not fit well and become loose.
- The dentures may need to be redone
- Denture adhesive paste helps denture wearers to use dentures more easily.Some people find it difficult to get used to a denture, even when it fits well. They are concerned that it may slip or fall out. Using a denture adhesive can ease some of these worries.
- Implants may be placed to hold the dentures better. The implants are anchored in bone with only tiny stubs above the gum. These fixtures anchor to the denture to stabilize it & prevent it from moving around
Is it better to extract all my teeth & make a denture?
It is not advisable to extract all your teeth to make a denture. Saving even a few natural teeth is often better than losing them all. Natural teeth can help you retain bone in your jaw.
They also can act as stable support so your denture is unlikely to shift in your mouth. Besides, your natural teeth can help bear some of the chewing pressure which reduces pressure on other areas of the jaw.
You feel a better sense of where your jaw is in space and the pressure you are placing on the denture if you have not lost all of your teeth. It will be easier to wear your dentures if you have kept some teeth.
How long do I have to wait to do a new denture after extractions?
About 8 weeks after you have lost your teeth, either naturally or by extraction, the wounds would have healed. Then your dentist can begin the process of making your denture.