Here at Shandon Dental Practice, we carry out many dental procedures, including those involving dentures. Dentures serve to replace lost or missing teeth to give a natural appearance and smile. They are usually made of acrylic or metal. Dentures may be full or partial, depending on whether they are designed to replace all or some of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. If you have missing teeth, this may be an excellent option to restore your confidence and enable you to eat and talk normally.
Full dentures are designed to sit snugly over your gums, and to feel comfortable within your mouth. Partial dentures replace teeth that are missing. They also help to prevent your existing teeth from shifting in the mouth. These can often be supported by your existing teeth.
If you have lost teeth or had them removed, you can usually have dentures fitted straight away. Your dental team will create impressions of your mouth and take measurements for your dentures. Note you should be aware that your dentures may require adjusting or even replacing as your mouth and gums heal and potentially shrink where teeth have been removed.
Many people find that wearing dentures helps them to feel more confident, as they support the face and prevent sagging facial muscles. They also maintain the natural function of the teeth and mouth. This makes it possible to eat and speak normally after a little practice.
You will usually need to wear your dentures during the day and remove them to rest your mouth at night. Your dentist will talk to you about the best way to care for both your mouth and your dentures as you begin to wear them. You will probably not need a dental fixative, although some people prefer to use these.
When you have dentures, it is especially important to take care of your mouth to ensure that it stays healthy. You should brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth twice daily, to remove plaque and improve blood circulation in the mouth. This is even more important if you have partial dentures. It will help to prevent decay and gum disease in your remaining teeth. Your dentist and dental hygienist can help with this. You will also need to clean your dentures well, brushing and soaking these every day. It is important to follow the instructions given by your dentist. This will usually involve brushing the them thoroughly with a non-abrasive denture cleaner, and soaking them in a cleaning solution to disinfect them and remove stains and plaque. You can talk to your dentist about whether dentures would be a good solution for you.
Whatever you need from your dentist, our team at Shandon Dental Clinic is on hand to ensure that you get the very best advice and treatments. For as well as bridges we also provide other prosthetic treatments including implants and bridges.
Also for regular check ups and routine care of your teeth and gums, you can pop into our city centre practice and meet our team or call us on 021-430 5569 to make an appointment.