Dentures, or false teeth, are used to replace missing teeth.
The idea of dentures may bring to mind removable sets of false teeth that your Grandmother had sitting in a glass of water next to her bed at night. This isn’t how dentures have to be made today.
What is it?
Dentures are a great solution to replace missing teeth and are supported by gum tissue. Dentures can either be removeable or secured into place using dental implants. There are different types of dentures so your dentist will go through the options to find the best solution for you.
With proper care, dentures can last for years. Take good care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting the dentist and hygienist.
Types of Dentures
Implant Supported Dentures
Modern and innovated techniques allow dentures to be secured in place with dental implants to provide better stability. These are called implant supported dentures. Implant support dentures cover less tissue, giving you an overall better fit and function. New dentures are useful if you don’t like the way your smile looks or you’re struggling to chew food.
Benefits of Implant supported dentures:
- To get that great smile back
- To give you confidence when you smile and talk
- To allow you to enjoy and chew food as if they were your natural teeth
- To help you to retain the look of your natural teeth
Removeable dentures are the traditional type of dentures that are removed at night. This type of denture is what we most often refer to as “false teeth.” They are also called “complete dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth need to be removed or are missing. Complete dentures are removable as they are held in place by suction. They can cause soreness at first and take some time to get used to.
Partial dentures are a great way to help restore your smile when some of your natural teeth remain. They are used when one or more of your teeth remain in either the upper or lower jaw.
You need to know
- At the first consultation visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss all of your options. Records of your teeth and mouth will also be taken.
- The number of appointments will vary depending on which option you choose and how many teeth need to be extracted
- Further appointments may be needed once the denture is placed to ensure a perfect and comfortable fit. How long does it take?
- The consultation will usually take around 30 to 60 minutes
- Following appointments will vary in length depending on your treatment plan
You may be asked about
- Your dental history and medical history
- Your normal oral care routine at home
Before your appointment
- No special preparation needed for your first appointment
After your appointment
- Eat soft and easy-to-chew foods in the first few weeks following your denture fitting
- Rinse with warm salt water to help with healing
- Use pain relief medication if you need it
- Use a cold compress to help control and limit swelling
- From 2 days after your surgery remove and carefully clean your dentures twice a day using a denture brush and denture cleanser
Don’t smoke for at least 48 hours after denture surgery