Missing teeth can affect your appearance as well as your ability to eat the foods you want. Dentures are most common way of replacing lost or missing teeth so People can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal.
A complete denture is one, which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.
A partial denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’.
Usually dentures can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. These are called ‘immediate dentures’. You will need to visit the dental team beforehand for them to take measurements and impressions of your mouth.
With immediate dentures you don’t have to be without teeth while your gums are healing. However, bone and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first six months after your teeth have been taken out. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or even replacing. Your dentist will be able to talk to you about this.
Sometimes your dentist may advise you to wait until your gums are healed before having your dentures, as this can sometimes mean a better fit.
Eating and pronouncing certain words will take a little practice. It is important to keep brush teeth, thoroughly everyday, if you wear partial denture and even with full denture you need to clean your mouth everyday. With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile.