Dentures are a common solution for missing teeth. They’ve been around in some form or other for centuries – in fact, the first dentures can be traced back to the time of the ancient Egyptians! Fortunately, the materials and technology used to create dentures is ever-evolving, meaning they are now more comfortable and practical than ever, and can restore both your confidence in your smile and your ability to eat a varied, healthy diet.
If you have one or a few missing teeth, a partial denture is used. If you have lost all your teeth in one arch of your mouth (the top or bottom jaw) you will need a full denture. In both cases dentures can either be removable or can be fixed using dental implants.
Dentures are made from durable, hard-wearing material designed to look like natural teeth and gums. They are designed to fit your mouth perfectly for maximum comfort. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning, and you need to ensure you follow the hygienist’s advice on how to properly clean and care for your denture to avoid problems such as gum disease or bad breath.
It often takes a few days to get used to wearing a removable denture, but you will quickly adapt to chewing, eating and speaking. Over time, you may experience gum recession, which may make your dentures loose, so you will need to visit us again to have them adjusted.
Another solution is to have your dentures fixed with dental implants. This involves a minor surgical procedure, during which implants (bionic metal artificial tooth roots) are placed in your jawbone. After a healing period, your dentures are fixed using special attachments. They can still be removed for cleaning, but there’s no danger of them becoming loose or falling out an inopportune moment. Dental implants can usually be placed under local anaesthetic, although sedation is also an option.