Dentures replace your missing teeth and regain the look, feel and function of the natural teeth. Without support from the Denture, facial muscle sag, making a person look older.
- Removable Dentures replaces missing teeth. This denture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants.
- Partial Dentures replace a few missing teeth.
- Full or Complete Dentures are needed if all the natural teeth are missing. These can be Conventional or Immediate dentures. A conventional denture is made after all the teeth are extracted and tissues have healed. This may take at least 6-8 weeks.
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells.
Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Read out loud and repeat troublesome words. You may find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. If the problem persists, Consult your dentist.
Your dentist will provide instructions about how long dentures should be kept in place. During the first few days, you may be advised to wear them most of the time, including while you sleep. After the initial adjustment period, you may be instructed to remove the dentures before going to bed. This allows gum tissues to rest and promotes oral health.
Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped so be cautious. Store your dentures away from children and pets.
Brush: Dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. It’s best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures or a toothbrush with soft brills.
Cleaning: Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid are acceptable for cleaning dentures.
Dentures may need to be replaced if they become loose. This happens because a mouth naturally changes with age. Bone and gum ridges recede or shrink, causing jaws to align differently. Loose dentures can cause sores, infections, making chewing difficult and may change facial features. Then they need to be relined, rebased or remade. Let your dentist decide.
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in the dentures, this removes plaque and stimulates circulation. A balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important for a healthy mouth.