What are dentures?

A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as ‘false’ teeth, a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture replaces some missing teeth while a full denture replaces all missing teeth. Dentures can help return structure to your face, particularly in the cheeks and lips, resulting in a dramatically healthier and more youthful look.

I’m having all of my teeth removed, can my denture be fitted straight away?

If all your teeth are being removed, it is normally possible to fit your denture straight away however it is more likely to need adjustments when the gums settle down after the removal of your teeth.

How long does it take to make dentures?

Depending on the complexity of each case, the duration of the treatment will vary. After the initial examination and diagnosis, there are 4-5 subsequent visits that include impressions of the mouth, bite registration, try-in of the dentures and fit of the dentures.

What to expect when dentures are first fitted?

New dentures always feel strange when first placed in the mouth. Several days or weeks may be necessary to get accustomed to them.

It can take some time to get used to your new dentures, particularly if they are a full set.

You may find it strange to eat at first. If so, start with softer foods and introduce new items gradually. You may also notice an increase in salivary flow which should improve after the first couple of weeks.

Speech can be slightly affected at first, until you get used to your new dentures. If this is the case, try reading aloud to yourself and practice more difficult words when you are alone!

Occasionally, your dentures may cause sore spots because they are exerting pressure on certain parts of your gum. If this happens, we may need to adjust the denture surface.

Looking after your dentures

Denture are generally strong and hard wearing and should last many years.

It is important to visit us for regular examinations so that we can assess your gums as well as your denture for wear and tear.

Dentures should always be removed at night (unless otherwise directed) to give your gums a rest.

Always clean your dentures with a toothbrush or a special denture brush without toothpaste.

Store them in water or denture fluid. Never let them dry out or they may go hard and lose their shape. You should aim to clean your dentures after every meal if possible.

Remember to rinse them thoroughly before you put them back in.

Remember to also brush your gums, tongue and any remaining teeth when you remove your dentures at night to ensure they stay healthy too.

Are you having problems with your dentures?

It is important to deal with your dentures and deal with any problems early to avoid potential sores and infection. If you notice any of the following, please return for a checkup immediately:

  • If your dentures click when you talk or eat.
  • They don’t feel like they fit properly or start to feel uncomfortable.
  • They start to look worn.
  • Bleeding or bad breath.