Replace a full set or just a few teeth with dentures at My Dental Care @ Westend.
Are you thinking of a way to replace missing teeth which not only creates a natural looking smile but also helps to keep the structure of your mouth? Dentures have a custom fit which allows for comfort and ease.
What are dentures?
Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. They are a set of artificial teeth and gums which are created to fit the shape of your mouth. The structure of the dentures allows them to sit comfortably on your gum to hold the teeth in place. This allows for a more natural looking smile.
Dentures can either be full or partial depending on whether a full set of teeth, or just a few need replacing.
- Complete dentures
These are used when a full set of teeth need replacing either on the top or bottom. They are custom made to the shape of your gums and are easily removable.
If there are a few remaining teeth, but a complete set of dentures is more suitable, the existing teeth will be removed which is needed to keep up your good oral health. A 6-week wait is needed after the teeth have been removed before fitting your new dentures.
As they are a full set of teeth and there is so much movement in the mouth structure as we age, complete dentures need more adjusting and relining than partial dentures.
- Partial dentures
When it is not a requirement to replace a whole set of teeth and there are only a few teeth missing, a more suitable option is partial dentures. These sit comfortably around existing teeth which gives them support and stops them from moving. They are normally attached to the mouth using a clasp, allowing for easy removal and cleaning.
What is the denture procedure?
The first step is to see your dentist to chat about if you’re a suitable candidate for dentures and what your options are. The whole process normally takes between 6-8 weeks, depending if any teeth need to be removed.
The general procedure involves;
- A series of impressions are taken of your jaw and bite.
- The construction of the dentures are created in either wax forms or plastic patterns.
- These models will be tried on to be assessed for fit, shape and colour before the final dentures are created.
- A final fitting allows to check that the final construction fits.
- Follow up appointments are advised to review the dentures.
How long do dentures last?
As you age, your mouth changes shape. This mixed with excessive wear of them overtime, dentures can loosen making it hard to chew as they no long fit properly. This means your dentures might need to be remade to reline or rebase them.
Here are some ways to look after your dentures to make sure they are cared for properly:
- Be careful not to drop your dentures. They are delicate and can be easily broken if dropped on a hard surface.
- Remove when sleeping to avoid damaging them.
- Regular brushing of the dentures will remove any stubborn food particles and plaque that has built up.
- Brushing gums and tongue every morning before inserting your dentures will get them clean and prepared.
- Go see your dentist if your dentures do not feel like they fit properly or if they break or crack. It is unadvisable to try fix your dentures yourself as this could lead to more damage.
Is eating difficult with dentures?
At first you might find it more difficult to eat with new dentures. Once you are more familiar to the feeling you should be able to eat as you normally do. You might find harder foods and foods that require more chewing are difficult to eat.
Even after the dentures are healed it is still advised to take extra care with hard breads, tough meats, fruits and seeds and chewing gum. You may have to pay more attention to how quickly you chew your food or evenly chewing on each side.
Denture Treatments West End
At My Dental Care @ West End, we provide a wide range of restorative dental services. Whether you’re looking to have Invisalign, dental implants or anything in between- we’re happy to assist you in any way we can!
Contact us today and take that step towards improving your smile and overall oral health.