Flash a false smile!11th August 2016
If gaps in your teeth are getting you down, why not consider our affordable and realistic looking dentures? As well as affecting your confidence, missing teeth can cause your face to sag and affect your ability to eat and speak, so it’s a good idea to try and replace them – not just for practical reasons but because they’ll restore a gorgeous grin too!
Dentures can either take the place of all your natural teeth on the upper and lower jaw (a complete denture) or fill in a few niggling gaps (a partial denture). Complete dentures are held in place via suction and muscle action, and partial dentures are fixed firmly to the neighbouring natural teeth with metal clasps. The plate part of a denture is usually made of plastic or metal, to which false teeth, normally made from tooth-like acrylic, are attached. They can be expertly crafted to look just like the real thing, so no-one will even know they aren’t all your own!
If you have lost the majority of your teeth, conventional dentures can be inserted once any remaining teeth have been removed and the gum has been allowed to heal, which can take several months. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are inserted straight after any teeth have been removed. This means you don’t have to go without teeth during the healing period. But these quick, smart dentures will not allow for any bone and gum shrinkage after the removal of teeth, so they may need to be relined or replaced further down the line.
Getting acquainted with your dentures
It may take a little while to get used to your prosthetic pearly whites and they will probably feel a little odd at first. Your muscles need to get used to holding the denture in place and you may also notice a smidgen more saliva than usual.
Eating and speaking will undoubtedly be a touch tricky as your mouth has to learn how to work with what is basically a foreign object. It will help if you start with a softer diet and reintroduce harder food items gradually. If you find you are speaking strangely, it’s time to get chatty and practise saying words out loud – you’ll soon be talking normally again.
False teeth upkeep
You need to keep those dentures clean and shiny but make sure you brush them over a sink full of water or folded towel – they won’t appreciate being dropped on the floor! You can store dentures, while you sleep, in water or a special denture fluid, but when you first start to wear dentures, you should keep them in at night so your mouth can adapt to the shape.
Top notch oral hygiene is always important but especially for partial denture wearers, as it helps prevent gum disease and decay in remaining natural teeth.
We also want to see you regularly, even if your mouth is completely void of natural teeth, so we can check the health of your gums and spot any signs of mouth cancer. Also, over time, bone and gums can shrink, which may mean your dentures have to be replaced or adjusted. Loose dentures can be a real pain and need to be looked at sooner, rather than later, to avoid any soreness or infection.
Why make Devonshire Dental your go-to place for dentures?
Not only do we provide fantastic fake teeth that fit fabulously, we also have an on-site lab, so if your dentures break or start to misbehave, we can carry out repairs within 24 little hours!
Give as a call on 0141 3393123 if you want to delve a little deeper into the realm of dentures…