Dentures are a good option for patients wanting to replace few or all missing teeth. Not only do modern dentures look good and natural, but they also provide functional benefits.
The dentures support the bone, lips, and gums and prevent a sunken face. Good fitting dentures help a person to eat well and speak normally. Replacing missing teeth with partial, complete, or implant-supported dentures can give you the confidence to smile again!
REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURES (RPD)
A removable partial denture replaces one or more missing teeth. In this, the teeth are attached to a strong acrylic base that is worn in the mouth. This pink base mimics the colour and anatomy of the gums.
A removable partial denture may have precision attachments or clasps to secure it to the neighbouring teeth for extra stability. It can also be made of a metal framework with clasps or even a flexible more aesthetic material.
Complete dentures replace all missing upper and lower teeth of a patient thus giving them a set of teeth they can eat well with, which supports their speech and makes them smile confidently.
The teeth in a Complete Denture are attached to a pink acrylic base that is worn in the mouth. This skilled procedure requires a few appointments and the specialists at our clinic are experts in fabricating a well-fitted and comfortable denture.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES
Implant-supported complete dentures are a very stable and predictable option for replacing missing teeth. The dentures are fixed to the implants and hence will not slip out or move.
In this option, however, Dental implants are to be surgically placed into the jaw bone first.
Getting used to new dentures
It'll take few days getting used to a new denture and enjoying eating with it. You will have to be patient.
Initially you may feel uncomfortable having something new in the mouth or may feel that your new denture is bulky. Soon you will get used to it and it will get lost in the mouth.
Your dentures sometimes may have a certain insertion path and it may take a few days getting used to inserting them in place or removing them. This is absolutely normal.
When you wear your dentures the first few days there will be certain areas that become sore as the denture may be putting slight pressure on those tissues. You will have to come back to the clinic so we can relieve those areas.
Eat soft food initially or food cut into small pieces and balance chewing on both sides. Avoid hard and sticky foodstuff.
If you have difficulty pronouncing certain words practice reading aloud and that will help.
Increased salivation will also settle in a few days.
Caring for your dentures
It's important to keep your dentures clean and hygienic.
Clean your dentures with a mild soap solution and a soft bristled toothbrush or a special denture cleaning brush everyday to remove food deposits and plaque. This will prevent permanent staining of the denture as well.
Avoid using hard brushes, toothpaste or strong cleaning agents as they may be too harsh and abrade the surface of your denture.
Soak your denture in water or a denture soaking solution at night or whenever you sleep to prevent the denture from drying up as that can alter its fit and shape.
Never soak dentures in warm or hot water as that can cause them to warp.
You can use Denture cleaning tablets dissolved in water preferably overnight or for a minimum of 5 minutes during the day to clean and disinfect your denture. These tablets effectively remove plaque build up and odour causing bacteria.
Remember to rinse your denture with water before wearing it in your mouth.