Dentures are removable appliances, or prostheses, designed to replace missing teeth. They come in many shapes, sizes and materials, and these are generally chosen/dictated by individual clinical circumstances. There is no one plan fits all treatment, it’s as individual as you are.
Dentures can replace all the teeth in an arch (upper or lower) known as full dentures, or partial dentures replacing as few as one tooth, up to as many are necessary.
Dentures can be fitted to implants making them a fixed unit, options will be presented when putting together your oral care plan. Some people find dentures hard to get used to as they can feel bulky in your mouth, and interfere with taste sensation When designing a denture several factors will come into play, which include stability retention and aesthetics.
Over time the body resorbs the bone and remodels it. Sometimes patients who have been wearing dentures for a long time find that they come loose, dentures can be relined and this generally occurs around five years.
Dentures require maintenance and replacement from time to time, and even those with no teeth should have an oral cancer screening check on a routine basis. We also check your mouth for signs of other systemic diseases.
Dentures should be removed overnight to allow the underlying tissue rest. They are cleaned like your other teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Whilst not in your mouth they can be wrapped in damp cloth or stored in a case.