Dentures are a set of replacement teeth for any teeth that are missing. There are partial dentures, which take the place of only a few teeth and prevent the others from changing position. If all the teeth are gone, the person would need a full denture, which replace every tooth in the mouth.
Both types of dentures are removable and usually made of metal and acrylic resin, a plastic-like material that is molded to fit the exact shape of a person's mouth. Suction helps hold the dentures in place, so they stick to the surface of a person's gums.
Like wearing braces or a retainer, dentures can cause soreness at first and take some time to get adjusted to. Also like braces or retainers, dentures need special care. They should be brushed daily with a special denture brush and cleanser and soaked in denture solution when not in the mouth.
Dentures are important for older people because, without teeth, it's hard to smile, talk, and eat properly. But it can be a little weird if you see someone take out his or her dentures. It can also be strange to see someone, like a grandparent, without dentures in because he or she won't have any teeth. Try not to make fun of the person because this could cause hurt feelings.
How long should dentures last?
There is no absolute lifespan for dentures. Some last up to thirty years. By this time they are quite badly worn and should be replaced. An old worn-down denture affect the chewing comfort negatively and also changes the person's appearance and profile from the side. It also makes the lips to "sink together" and the risk for infections like fungi are higher. The lower denture may be the first to get loose and require re-making or re-lining. We believe as a rule, dentures should be replaced every ten to fifteen years.
How will I know when to have a new set?
If the dentures have become loose, food may start to accumulate underneath them as they move while eating. If the back teeth have become rounded and worn they will not chew very efficiently. The front teeth may become visibly worn and loose their good appearance.
If you find that using a denture lining you can buy over the counter helps to keep the lower denture stable it may be time for a new one.
How do implant help?
Dentures can be stabilised by two or more implants placed into the underlying bone. When supported in this way dentures do not move about or get food under them and they don't press down and hurt the gum. Patients say that implants improve their quality of life. In North America and most European countries except the UK, implant supported dentures are considered the standard of care. Implants have an additional longer term advantage in that they prevent bone loss which normally occurs when the teeth are extracted. This bone loss is more pronounced in the lower jaw which is why lower dentures usually have less bony ridge to keep them stable than the upper denture.
In this surgery we only produce high quality dentures with high quality teeth that do not wear down easily.
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