Dentures are removable appliances with artificial teeth to replace your missing natural teeth and help to restore your smile. Dentures make it easier to eat and speak better as compared to missing teeth. Fabrication usually takes a few visits. Dentures tend to accelerate bone loss which makes dentures wearing more uncomfortable in later years. It is recommended that dentures should be replaced every 3-5 years.
Types of dentures:
- Partial dentures: If you have lost some teeth
- Complete/Full dentures: If you have lost all of your teeth (upper or lower)
- Implant-Retained Denture
Dentures normally seat on the gum tissues and move slightly during eating and talking. To minimise these movement, root-like titanium posts or screws (implants) may be surgically placed into the jawbone to act as pillars for the dentures to be clipped onto. For people having difficulty adapting to denture wearing, they may approach their dentist to ask if they are suitable for implant-retained denture.
Although dentures are custom-designed accordingly to individual’s mouth, it will take some time to get used to eating and talking with the new dentures. Practice with soft diet and reading aloud will shorten the adaptation period. Slight discomfort is common during the first few days or weeks of wearing them. It is advisable to make a note of the area of discomfort and bring it up to your dentist the next time you visit the clinic.
- Remove denture carefully from mouth after a meal to wash away food debris.
- Before bedtime, dentures should be removed and brushed thoroughly with water, soak it in a container filled with water.
- Do not adjust metal parts of denture by yourself, seek dentist for help to adjust your dentures.
Dentures are used daily and undergo wear and tear quicker than our own teeth. Our gum tissues and teeth also change with time. It should be replaced once it does not fit well anymore. Ill-fitting dentures can cause irritation to gum tissues and will cause ulcers.