Dentures are a removal option used to replace spaces where teeth have been lost. They can be excellent for multiple spaces or when teeth are drastically failing which can be used as a transition to replacement of teeth. There are two types an acrylic (plastic denture), which is usually reliant suctiona and covers large areas of the mouth to maximise the surface area for retention. They are ideally used as a temporary solution or for a failing dentition, as they are themselves a vehicle for plaque accumulation. The other alternative is to use a metal based denture that also uses the teeth to help retain the denture. They use a series of clasps and clips to assist in retention so the denture doesn’t need to cover large aspects of the mouth allowing a good self-cleansing design.
Will I be able to eat after dentures?
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth at the same time to stop the denture moving. As you become more used to your denture, add other foods until you get back to your normal healthy diet.
Do I need anything special to care for my mouth?
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft brush. This removes plaque and helps the blood circulation in your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to you losing more of your teeth.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures may break if you drop them. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
To clean your denture, the general rule is: brush, soak and brush again. Brush your dentures before soaking them, to help remove any bits of food. Using an effervescent (fizzy) denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface.
Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surfaces of the dentures, which fit, against your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.