If you have missing teeth or teeth that need extracting, a denture can improve your smile and boost your confidence.
Dentures are removable false teeth which are made to replace missing teeth. Not only will your smile be improved with new dentures but eating and speaking should be easier too.
Full or complete dentures replace all your teeth, whereas partial dentures replace one or just a few missing teeth.
If you are having a full set of dentures, this may involve several visits.
Impressions (moulds) of your mouth are taken which are sent to the dental laboratory where the dental technician will start to make your dentures.
One of the stages is a trial appointment, during which your dentist can check the fit of your dentures and you can check if you are happy with the appearance. The shape and colour of your teeth can be altered if necessary and then when everything is satisfactory the dentist will proceed to the next stage.
At the final appointment, your dentures will be fitted and checked and you will leave the surgery with a lovely new smile!
Partial dentures can be quicker to make with fewer visits needed especially if there are only one or two teeth involved.
There are different types of dentures available constructed from different materials.
At Balls Road Dental Practice we provide many NHS dentures but there are also private options available. If you have an emergency and need dentures very quickly we can do this privately too.
Looking after your dentures
Dentures may feel a bit strange, to begin with, but you'll soon get used to wearing them.
At first, you may need to wear your dentures all the time, including while sleeping but after a while, it can be better to leave your dentures out a night because this gives your gums a rest. Your dentist will give you advice about this.
If you remove your dentures, they should be kept moist, for example, in water or a polythene bag with some dampened cotton wool in it, or in a suitable overnight denture-cleaning solution. This will stop the denture drying out and changing shape.
Mouth and denture hygiene
Keeping your mouth clean is just as important when you wear dentures.
You should brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste.
It is also very important to regularly remove plaque and food deposits from your dentures at least twice a day.
brush your dentures with toothpaste or soap and water before soaking them to remove food particles
soak them in a fizzy solution of denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria (follow the manufacturer's instructions)
brush them again as you would your normal teeth (but don't scrub them too hard)
Dentures may break if you drop them, so you should clean them over a bowl or sink filled with water or something soft like a folded towel.
When to see your dentist
You should continue to see your dentist regularly if you have dentures (even if you have full dentures) so they can check for any problems with your dentures or your gums.