Dentures are removable prosthetics that can be used to replace on or more missing teeth
Dentures can either be fitted immediately following an extraction, meaning that you do not need to be without your teeth or can be made once the gums have had a chance to heal around three to six months following the extraction. If your dentures are fitted immediately after an extraction it is likely that they will need to be relined or remade as the gums shrink and change shape as they heal.
Dentures take around four weeks to make and you will need to attend for appointments every week. This enables the dental technician to make your dentures in stages with the dentist checking each stage to ensure that the dentures fit and look as they should.
Caring for your denture
- Brush your dentures daily – use a non-abrasive cleaner, not toothpaste
- Soak your dentures daily – use a denture cleanser to remove more plaque and disinfect your dentures
- Leave your dentures out at night – this helps to relieve any soreness and prevent infection
- Visit your dentist regularly – this ensures that your mouth remains healthy
Dentures improve confidence – dentures will improve your self-esteem and your appearance
Dentures free you from dietary restrictions – with all your teeth present you will be able to enjoy a full and varied diet.
Dentures are long lasting – although over time dentures will need to be replaced, they normally have a lifespan of between 5 and 10 years