CREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES WITH
Dentures & False Teeth
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are removable prosthesis which may replace all the teeth in one or both jaws, or fit false teeth around the natural teeth.
Complete dentures are made of a gum coloured plastic base with artificial teeth positioned so they restore the smile and jaw position, filling out the face and restoring the bite.
A set of dentures requires at least five visits to the dentist starting with taking a mold of the mouth, which is used to make plaster casts, from which a technician designs the dentures. The dentist then ensures the fit is correct and the denture is articulated so it relates to the shape of the jaws, and once fitted further adjustments are often necessary to refine the shape and make the dentures feel natural.
Partial dentures may be used to replace one or more teeth in an arch and can be anchored to natural teeth with metal clasps, although it may be necessary to modify the shape of the natural teeth to ensure the denture fits comfortably. The base plate of removable dentures is made from acrylic or metal, usually silver coloured chrome-cobalt, or a combination of the two. The advantage of using metal is the base may be smaller, covering less of the soft tissue, and therefore more comfortable to wear and eat with.
As well as improving appearance and chewing, a partial denture may also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position in the mouth, which can lead to further tooth loss
Frequently Asked Questions
Will dentures affect my speech?
For many patients there is a period of adjustment when you first get your dentures fitted in which speaking may be more difficult than before. However, this is normally a case of getting used to the feel of them and you will soon be back to speaking normally with a little practise.
Do dentures make eating difficult?
Eating may be difficult at first. Eating with dentures is slightly different to eating with natural teeth as they are not rooted as deep in your mouth. You will be used to a biting and tearing method but this will need to be adapted to focus more on biting. It can take some getting used to.
Will I still need to clean my dentures?
Dentures must still be cleaned as plaque can still build up on them. Real or false teeth, plaque does not discriminate! While brushing after meals is recommended, the most practical way of cleaning them is to take them out and carefully brush them over the sink with a special denture brush. Be sure to rinse them well afterwards.
Why do they have to come out at night?
This may not be compulsory but it is highly recommended. If you soak them overnight in an approved denture cleaner, they will be nice, clean and fresh the next day.