Also known commonly as false teeth, a denture is a frequent solution to replace multiple missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made, removable prosthetic teeth mounted on an acrylic base. Your dentures should fit comfortably and securely over your gums and are often held in place with denture adhesive.
There are three main types of denture:
Full denture – replacing an entire row of upper or lower teeth.
Partial denture – replacing missing teeth between existing healthy teeth.
Implant-supported denture – mounted on dental implants secured to the jawbone.
Modern dentures look and feel very similar to natural teeth. You can expect comfortable eating, a radiant smile and an enhanced appearance.
Dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth with optimal function and appearance.
A treatment for new dentures can take a series of scheduled appointments after your initial consultation, depending on your individual requirements.
Partial dentures generally take a few weeks while full dentures take a little longer. Implants can take around six months to bond fully with the jawbone before dentures can be fitted.
At first, dentures can feel strange. When you first start wearing dentures, your cheek and tongue muscles take some time to adapt. Eating and speaking with dentures can take a little practice and it generally takes a few weeks to get used to.
Dentures are generally long-lasting with proper care, but over time, your mouth can change and dentures may also suffer wear and tear. It is recommended to come in for a check-up at least once a year.
If your existing denture is uncomfortable or damaged, making eating and speaking difficult, get in touch and make an appointment with your dentist.
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