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Dentures

Dentures are false teeth that can be removed, and are commonly made of acrylic (plastic), metal or nylon.

These fit snugly over gums to replace missing teeth, while eliminating potential problems that could be caused by gaps.

This is because gaps that are left by missing teeth may cause problems with speech, eating and drinking. Teeth either side of the gap also have the potential to grow into the space at an angle.

Sometimes, there is the need for all the teeth to be removed and replaced.

Dentures can help prevent problems with speech, eating and drinking. If you need complete dentures, they can also improve the appearance of your smile, giving you back your confidence.

There are varying types of dentures available to address different degrees of tooth loss and individual needs.

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Different types of dentures

Complete dentures (a full set)

These replace all your upper or lower teeth.

Partial dentures

These replace just a single tooth, or a few missing teeth.

Implant-retained dentures

These dentures are securely attached to dental implants that are surgically placed in the jawbone. The implants provide stability and support for the denture, eliminating the need for adhesives or clasps. Fixed dentures offer improved stability, comfort and chewing ability.

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are placed immediately after tooth extraction, allowing the wearer to have teeth during the healing process. Immediate dentures may require adjustments, relining or replacement as the jawbone and gums heal and shrink over time.

Over-dentures

These dentures are designed to fit over dental implants or remaining natural teeth. The implants or remaining teeth provide support for the denture, improving function and retention.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take me to get used to wearing dentures?

For some people, it can take a few weeks for you to adjust to wearing dentures. They may experience some initial discomfort, increased saliva flow, or difficulty eating or speaking. However, with practice and a bit of time, most people adapt to wearing dentures and become completely comfortable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It can take a few weeks for you to adjust to wearing dentures. At first, you may experience slight discomfort, increased saliva flow, or difficulty eating and speaking. However, with time, most people adapt to wearing dentures and become comfortable.

It is generally recommended to remove your dentures before going to sleep. Giving your oral tissues a rest and allowing them to be exposed to saliva and natural cleaning mechanisms can promote oral health. However, your dentist may provide specific instructions based on your individual situation.

Dentures should be cleaned daily to remove food particles, plaque and bacteria. Unclean dentures can lead to issues such as halitosis (bad breath), oral thrush, gum disease and tooth decay.

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles or a denture brush with a mild denture cleaner or liquid soap. Soak them in denture-cleaning solution to remove bacteria and any staining, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Avoid using standard toothpaste as it can be too abrasive, and avoid using hot water.

Rinse your dentures thoroughly after cleaning. Dentures can break if you drop them on a hard surface, so you should clean them over a sink or bowl filled with water, or something soft, such as a folded towel. 

The lifespan of your dentures will vary, depending on such factors as wear and tear, oral hygiene and changes in your oral anatomy. On average, dentures may need to be replaced or relined every 5 to 10 years. Regular dental check-ups can help monitor the condition of your dentures and determine when they need adjustments or replacement.

Yes, dentures allow you to eat a wide variety of foods. However, it is recommended to start with soft or easily chewable foods initially, and gradually introduce more challenging foods as you become accustomed to your dentures. Avoid biting into hard or sticky foods and consider cutting food into smaller pieces for easier chewing.

Yes, dentures can improve your appearance by replacing missing teeth, supporting facial structures and restoring a natural-looking smile. Custom-made dentures are designed to match the shape, size and colour of natural teeth, enhancing your overall facial aesthetics.

Even with dentures, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristle toothbrush before wearing your dentures in the morning and after removing them at night. Regular dental check-ups are also crucial for monitoring oral health and addressing any concerns.