The Replacement Teeth
A denture is a custom-made appliance that is worn over the gums to replace missing natural teeth. They are normally removable and are usually made from lifelike resin teeth bonded to an acrylic or chrome base. Dentures help to improve chewing ability and speech. They also provide support for facial muscles by filling out your face and improving confidence as a result.
We may offer one of the following options depending on your dental exam:
- A Complete denture (a full set) replaces your upper or lower natural teeth
- Partial dentures that replace one or a few teeth and that are held in place by metal clips
Wearing Your Dentures
While they take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, take comfort in the fact that today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. You should wear them as much as possible, except when sleeping. That will give you a chance to clean your dentures.
Cleaning Your Dentures
As with natural teeth, keeping your mouth clean and brushing morning and evening is just as important to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Denture-cleaning tablets can also be used to remove stains or bacteria.
No matter how well your denture has been made to fit, they may not provide the same strong, biting surface as natural teeth. An adhesive can help prevent pieces of food getting stuck between the denture and gums, so a wider range of food can be enjoyed