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Many of us will have heard of dentures and at least vaguely know what they are, but do you know the specifics behind them? Maybe dentures have been suggested to you, or you are thinking about taking the step? Our guide will help inform you of some of the important details.
Dentures are essentially teeth which are removable and normally made of a substance such as metal, plastic or nylon. Dentures are clever because they fit in the space over the gums to act in the same way as normal teeth. Dentures can normally be fitted as a full programme (the whole mouth) or part programme (certain areas.)
Dentures are as much about aesthetics as they are practical and purposive. Fitting of dentures can help with things like speech and eating aswell as improving your smile and appearance generally.
Denture work is normally undertaken by either a dentist or qualified dental technician. You may be wondering that the difference is between the two? In these instances, a dentist will normally take patterns and impressions of your mouth which will then be ordered from a dental technician.
Initially and to begin, a prototype is made from the measurements taken to see how it fits inside your mouth and whether any adjustments are needed. This can then be done before the final thing is produced.
Dentures can require a little bit of getting used to when first fitted but many people soon adjust. Normal practice after having new ones fitted is to wear them day and night for procedural reasons. Some people like to take their dentures out at night. Whilst this isn’t mandatory it can help parts of the mouth like the gums relax while your mould is not present. If you do plan to remove your dentures then never allow them to dry out, as this can alter the shape. Keep them moist and place them in some kind of denture cleaning fluid to preserve.
It is important to remember to keep your dentures clean aswell as your mouth generally in the normal way. You will also be required to brush your dentures and look after them just the same as a set of teeth. Remember that having dentures does not cease to mean you don’t need to visit the dentist anymore either!
Like wearing them, eating can be a little strange at first, and it is best to start with small and soft foods until you get used to the sensations. Build up to your normal diet slowly but this shouldn’t take too long. Avoid chewing gum and toothpicks for obvious reasons.
The topic of using adhesive with dentures regularly arises. If the dentures fit properly then there is no need to use anything as the mould should sit comfortably. Adhesive may be required if your mouth changes shape over time, or just simply if you feel more confident having it present.
As long as your dentures are looked after, they should last well for many years without any problems. If you do experience any issues at any time, then see your dentist as soon as possible as complications can arise just as with normal teeth.
To find out more information on dentures visit our dedicated section, where you can find a wealth of relevant information.