A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Also referred to as ‘false teeth’, dentures are usually made of acrylic, or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth, whilst a complete denture is used when a full arch of teeth is needed.
A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak and function again, and often improves appearance too.
How long does treatment take?
Making and fitting dentures can be quite an involved process, requiring several appointments. The duration of treatment will vary depending on the complexity of each case.
Your initial consultation will feature an examination and diagnosis, ensuring you are a suitable candidate for dentures. The subsequent visits will include taking impressions of your mouth, the try-in of the denture and ensuring the fit is correct, as well as a review of the denture.
What can I expect with my new dentures?
New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth, but this will improve over time, usually taking several days or weeks to get fully used to them. With time and experience, dentures can be worn comfortably and function very well.
Some useful suggestions to help you adapt to your new dentures:
Eating will take a little practice. It is best to start with soft foods and cutting food into small pieces will also help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent your dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing, begin adding other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Increased salivary flow
You may experience an increase in salivary flow when your dentures are first fitted. This is a natural response of the salivary glands and will return to normal after a few weeks. You can improve the situation by swallowing more often.
New dentures may alter your speech initially, and pronouncing certain words may require practice. You can help improve this by reading out loud and repeating troublesome words.
Minor irritation in your mouth, caused by pressure spots or irregularities with your dentures, are quite common. We can relieve your discomfort by adjusting the denture surface. If the irritation becomes painful, stop wearing your denture and contact your dentist for advice.