What are dentures?
A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as ‘false teeth’, a denture is traditionally made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and light alloy metal. However, new materials and techniques such as valplast or from 3D printers have been developed to make dentures stronger and to make them look better for longer.
Our dentures are created through in-house 3D printers. These can quickly and easily create highly accurate models, which can colour-match to your gum and existing teeth. We may also recommend crowns or “caps” on some of your natural teeth.
A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak and often improves your appearance. Ask your dentist which kind of removable partial denture is right for you.
How long does it take to make dentures?
Depending on the complexity of each case, the duration of the treatment will vary. After the initial visit of examination and diagnosis, the subsequent weekly visits will include taking a digital scan of the mouth, bite registration, try-in of the denture, fitting and review.
What to expect?
New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth, but after about 6 hours you will start to get accustomed to them. Adaptation varies with different people and often time and experience are essential before dentures can be worn comfortably and function effectively.
Useful suggestions to help you to adapt to the new dentures:
- Eating – Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods and foods cut into small pieces will help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing, include other foods until you return to your normal diet.
- Increased salivary flow – You may experience an increase in salivary flow when the dentures are first inserted. This is a natural response of the salivary glands that will return to normal after a few weeks. You can improve the situation by swallowing more often.
- Speech – New dentures may alter your speech initially. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will speed up the adaptation process. This problem rarely persists beyond two weeks.
- Spots – Minor irritation caused by surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas are quite common. We will relieve the discomfort by adjusting the denture surface. Stop wearing the denture if the irritation is very painful, however we recommend wearing your dentures for 6 hours prior to seeing your dentist so the sore area can be established. Consult your dentist immediately.