What are dentures?
A denture is an effective method of replacing missing teeth. It can be fixed or removable and can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
The two types of dentures are complete / full and partial.
Complete / full dentures are when you have to replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. This may be either ‘conventional’ or ‘immediate’. A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed which takes 4-6 weeks.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed so the patient will have teeth during the healing process.
Adjustments will have to be made once the tissues have shrunk.
Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. It is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It also prevents other teeth from moving into the spaces.
How do you get dentures?
You will need to make a few appointments at US Dental Care - over a few weeks.
Measurements and moulds are taken to be able to customise your dentures.
You may need a few fitting appointments to ensure the colour, shape and fit is right for you.
Looking after your dentures and mouth
It takes a while to get used to dentures - you need to have realistic expectations and no matter how good they are, they won’t feel like natural teeth. You will have increased saliva flow but, after a time, you will be able to eat, speak and smile confidently but only once the muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
Your dentist will arrange follow up appointments at US Dental as well as advise you on how to clean your dental appliance.