Happy dentures, happy smile – a guide to life with your false teeth
Dentures can be used to replace some or all of your natural teeth in one or both jaws. When all the teeth in one arch of the mouth need replacing, a full denture is used, whilst when one or more teeth need replacing, your dentist will use a partial denture.
Modern dentures are very realistic in terms of both action and appearance. They are made by a clinical dental technician, who will work hard to ensure they look very much like your natural teeth. It is even possible these days to “age” dentures so that they fit perfectly with your face.
A range of hardwearing materials are used to make modern dentures, including acrylic, metal, and plastic. Your dentist will ensure that they fit snugly over your gums, although if you have them fitted in the immediate aftermath of tooth loss/extraction, you may have to come back to the dental practice to have them adjusted after a few months if the jaw bone starts to shrink.
Loss of bone density is a common consequence of losing many or all of your natural teeth. This can make your dentures slip and can make it difficult to eat and speak clearly if you don’t have them adjusted.
At Homewood Dental Care in Brentwood, the best way to solve this problem without needing frequent visits to the dental practice is to use dental implants to stabilise your dentures.
Dental implants are made from titanium and they replace the root portions of teeth, holding your dentures securely in position and also preserving the health of your jaw bone.
This treatment involves placing a series of implants in your jaw bone, then attaching your dentures to them with a range of special fixtures. You will still be able to take your dentures out to clean them, but otherwise they will stay where they should.
Cleaning your dentures is vitally important for your gum health. You should take them out and brush them before using special denture solution to remove food particles and bacteria at least twice a day. Always clean them over water or a soft surface, because otherwise they could break if you drop them.