Dentures are custom-made removable appliance made as an immediate and affordable solution to replace missing teeth, be it a full or partial denture. They are economically more affordable and yet easy to care for.
Dentures have been around for decades and is a common option to replace missing teeth. With advances in dentistry, dentures are now more aesthetic and functional than before. Each denture is custom designed for optimal results that suits the lifestyle of our patients.
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a removable oral prosthesis that can replace all your missing teeth at one go. It is the most cost effective choice among all the other options.
It sits directly on top of your gums, creating a suction between the appliance
and soft tissues for full dentures. For partial dentures, small clasps are designed around existing healthy teeth for extra grip.
There are different designs and materials used to custom make a denture for optimal aesthetics, function and affordability. Some cases require a denture to sit on top of dental implants, also known as implant-supported dentures. This is best suitable for people with narrow bone or those who struggle with getting a good fit that feels secure all day.
Are Dentures Suitable For Me?
Choosing to get a denture is a personal call, as extraction may be needed prior to fabricating a denture. The dentist will evaluate your whole dental condition so that you can make the best choice for your situation.
You may require a full or partial denture if you experience conditions below:
- Loosen teeth caused by periodontal disease
- Numerous missing teeth
- Sunken facial profile
- Severe tooth wear
- Teeth that are severely decayed or fractured
Taking Care Of Your Dentures
You should only wear them during the day and must be removed every night before bedtime allowing the gums and bone tissues to rest and maintain its health. You can soak your dentures in a denture cleanser tablet that dissolved in water to loosen any buildup tartar during the day. Brush your teeth separately before bed daily. The following morning, clean your teeth again and brush the denture before wearing it.
For proper maintenance, six-monthly checks are also necessary as dentures require occasional adjustments, repairs and relines.
Over time, dentures can break or loosen affecting the chewing function and causing discomfort to the gums. Let us have a look at your dentures if they are not fitting properly.
GAIN BACK YOUR CONFIDENCE
Come and enquire if dentures are the right choice for your lifestyle and oral health. Contact us at Kent Dental Works for a consultation.
It depends on the complexity of each case. Generally simple dentures replacing 1-3 teeth requires only 2 or 3 visits or roughly 1-2 weeks to complete. In contrast, complex dentures involving more teeth (such as full dentures) requires 4-5 visits or roughly 1.5-2 months to complete. Sufficient time must be allocated for the dental laboratory to process the denture at each stage. The dentist will not miss all the important steps, which include impression-taking, bite registration, trial fitting and finally issuing the dentures. Do speak to our dentist to find out more.
Wearing new dentures is akin to wearing new shoes. They won’t feel comfortable immediately at first and usually require an adjustment period whereby you need to give yourself time to get used to the dentures. Practise reading aloud, speaking and eating soft foods during the first two weeks to help you adapt to the dentures faster. You will usually need to come back 2-3 times so that the dentist can help you adjust the dentures at areas which are sore. It helps to take note of the area of discomfort and bring it up to the dentist during the adjustment visit.
A ideally after every meal, remove your dentures and wash away any food particles before wearing them again. This help to reduce bacterial accumulation inside the denture and around the teeth and gums. At bedtime, remove the dentures and clean lightly with a toothbrush and some liquid soap. Rinse well and soak in normal tap water or use denture cleansing tablets diluted in water. In the morning gently rinse again with water before putting them on.
When you notice the dentures getting loose or start to cause lots of pain and discomfort, have them checked your our dentist. As a general rule, dentures should be replaced when they don’t it as well as before or every 3-5 years depending on how fast the bone and gum tissues shrink as the years go by.
Implant-retained dentures are indicated to reduce denture movement and alleviate gum pain. The denture will sit on two to four dental implant fixtures which act as pillars to support the denture. Do ask the dentist if you are suitable for this type of denture.