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In this month’s Treatment Spotlight, we cover all you need to know about dentures, including what they are, how they’re made, and what’s involved in denture treatment.
Dentures - also known as false teeth - are worn to replace missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, dentures can provide a natural-looking replacement that allows you to eat and speak more easily, as well as improving your appearance to give you more confidence.
In this month’s Treatment Spotlight, we’re answering some commonly-asked questions about dentures.
Please note, it’s important to consult your local National Dental Care dentist for specific advice on dental treatments that are right for you.
Dentures are removable false teeth that are used to fill in gaps created by missing teeth.
Adults and elderly people may have missing teeth due to several factors, including tooth decay, periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene, or accidents caused by sports or other injuries.
If you’ve lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures offer an artificial solution that looks natural, helps to restore jaw function, and improves your smile.
Dentures are generally made of acrylic or metal and acrylic and are designed to match your natural teeth. The base of a denture is sometimes called a plate, which fits over the bone and soft tissues of your jaw.
There are two types of dentures available - complete dentures and partial dentures. The type your dentist recommends for you will depend on your situation and how many teeth you are missing and the health of your remaining teeth.
Suitable for patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth, full or complete dentures replace all the teeth in either the upper or lower jaws.
A good option for patients who are missing just one or a few of their natural teeth, partial dentures fill in the gaps left by lost or missing teeth.
If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss and are missing some or all of your teeth, your dentist may recommend dentures.
A National Dental Care dentist will carefully examine your jaw and any remaining teeth before discussing restoration options for you.
After your dentist has advised that dentures are the best option, your dentures will be custom-built over a number of appointments.
This involves taking an impression of your mouth and tailoring the size, shape and colour of the dentures to ensure the best match for your mouth.
You may have your dentures made some time after your teeth are removed, or opt for immediate dentures:
Dentures are removable and easy to clean. As they discolour like natural teeth, it’s important you take proper care to keep your dentures in the best condition.
Here are some tips for cleaning your dentures:
It’s also important you maintain good oral hygiene, even when wearing full dentures. This includes daily brushing of your gums, the roof of your mouth, your tongue, and any remaining teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Dental implants are a popular alternative for restoring missing teeth, as they closely resemble the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants can sometimes be used to hold dentures in place.
While not everyone will be a suitable candidate for dental implants, your dentist will be able to assess whether this is an option for you and explain the differences between the two treatments.
The cost of your dentures will depend on the type of dentures you require and your individual needs. Your National Dental Care dentist can talk you through the options and advise on the cost of your dentures.
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