Dentures are false teeth, made mostly of acrylic, that replace missing or lost teeth. There are several types of dentures suitable as a short or medium term tooth replacement. Dentures can be either complete or partial. Complete dentures are made for people who have lost all of their teeth. They can be given more support by placement of implants in the bone under the denture. Partial dentures are used to replace only a few teeth. They attach to nearby teeth.
Although dentures may look like your natural teeth, they cannot work like them. Simple actions such as speaking and eating may feel different. There is a certain 'knack' to learning to chew with new dentures. Initially you can try cutting your food into smaller pieces than usual and chewing on both sides of your mouth at the same time. Once you have worn them for a while, your tongue and lips will learn how to eat (and talk) with dentures without you having to think about it at all.
The good news is that dentures aren't what they used to be. Newer materials and technology have allowed great improvements. Now dentists can fashion dentures that fit comfortably, appear natural and help you stay healthier. Denture problems still can occur, of course. But problems such as clicking, slipping, frequent gum irritation and odour may be signs that your dentures don't fit well. They may need to be adjusted, relined or remade. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with our practice to see if you could benefit from this or another procedure.