A denture is an appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth to enable you to enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence.
A complete or full denture is one that replaces all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, and gives support to the cheeks and lips.
A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
The base of a denture is called a plate and can be made from either acrylic (plastic) or metal. The teeth are normally made of acrylic and can be made to match your natural teeth. This is especially important in the case of partial dentures. Some types of modern dentures are flexible so if you accidentally drop them, they will not break.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my dentures last a lifetime?
Dentures are very durable but that doesn’t make them indestructible. They can discolour, chip, break, and bend out of shape. With good care, your dentures should last for many years. Here are some tips for maintaining the appearance and extending the life of your dentures:
- Use a brush designed specifically for dentures and a denture cleaner. Regular toothpaste can be too harsh for dentures
- Store dentures in a container of denture-cleaning solution or water
- Soak in warm, not hot water. Hot water can damage their shape
- Use an effervescent cleansing tablet once a week to kill odour-causing bacteria
Dentures offer many benefits to the millions who wear them. While they take some initial adjustment, they can enhance your smile as well as your long-term confidence. Return to your dentist at least once a year to evaluate fit, appearance, and to receive an oral cancer screening.
Will my eating habits change?
There are very few eating restrictions for denture wearers, once you get used to wearing them. However, dentures are not as efficient as real teeth. If you experience eating difficulties at any time, it is important to contact your dentist. Poorly-fitting dentures can contribute to eating difficulties. Dentures that fit correctly are vital for enjoying a well-balanced diet that includes a wide range of foods.