One of the options to replace missing teeth and restore aesthetics and functionality is to have a denture made. Dentures (you might call them false teeth) are expertly hand crafted by a specialist Dental Prosthetics Technician. A Denture is a plate that hold artificial teeth, it can be used to replace any number of teeth, from a few missing teeth (Partial Denture) to the entire mouth (Full Denture). It can be made for the upper jaw, lower jaw or both. Once a Denture is made it can have teeth added to it and can have substances added to it to help it fit better after time.
What is a Denture made from?
The base of a Denture can be made from Acrylic (plastic) or Chrome (metal). The teeth on the Denture are always made from a strong Acrylic and will be designed to mimic your real teeth in look and shade.
How do I know if a Denture is right for me?
Your Dentist will be able to discuss all options for replacing missing teeth at your appointment. A Denture may be suitable if you have large quantities of missing teeth or of the quality of your remaining teeth is poor. Underlying advanced gum disease and bone loss may also compromises your remaining teeth and their ability to support other options such as a bridge or implants.
What does making a Denture involve?
Once you and your Dentist have decided that a Denture is the best option for you, you will need a series of short appointments. At each stage the Dentist will take impressions of your teeth and gums using a soft dental putty, he will also assess the way your teeth meet to allow the technician to replicate this with your new Dentures. A detailed shade will also be chosen to colour match the Denture to your existing/real teeth. After the 3rd or 4th appointment with the Dentist, the technician will make a mock-up of the Denture in wax that will give you an idea of how the finished Denture will look and feel, once you and the Dentist are happy, the permanent Denture will be made.
How do I look after my new Denture?
Aftercare of your Denture will be important. Your gums underneath the Denture will still be living tissue and are susceptible to fungal infections and soreness. It is important you follow your Dentists instructions which will include removing the Dentures at night and keeping the Dentures clean using a toothbrush.
If you have a Partial Denture still have your own remaining teeth it is extremely important that you maintain regular Dental Examinations and Hygienist appointments because you will still be susceptible to decay and gum disease.
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