At VS Dental Care Centre, we can restore missing teeth with removable dentures. Dentures come with a host of benefits, including helping to improve how you eat and speak, as well as boosting your confidence by restoring your smile.
They can also enhance facial shape, especially around the lips and in the cheek area. You can either have partial dentures for a few missing teeth or full dentures to replace a whole set of teeth on the upper or lower jaw.
Dentures are usually made from acrylic, or a combination of acrylic and metal, and modern materials mean that partial dentures will blend in beautifully with existing teeth and complete dentures can pass for the real thing. We also provide Flexi-dentures, which are a relatively new, popular, comfortable denture option.
What is involved in having dentures made?
Making and fitting dentures can be quite an involved process so you may have to attend several appointments to ensure the final set of dentures are a secure and comfy fit.
- Following a comprehensive consultation, impressions of your mouth will be taken so a wax model can be produced and checked for fit, bite and comfort.
- A final set of dentures will be manufactured in a laboratory and, when ready, you will be invited in for a fitting.
- If you are having complete dentures, these will be fitted in the top or bottom of your mouth. This complete denture will consist of a gum coloured arch with a set of prosthetic teeth attached. Partial dentures will be used if you only have one or a few missing teeth and may be held in place with metal hooks attached to existing teeth.
It can take a little while to get used to your new dentures, especially if they are a complete set. They may feel odd at first and eating can be tricky, so it may be a good idea to start with softer foods and slowly introduce more challenging items. The amount of saliva in your mouth may increase, but this should soon improve as your mouth gets used to your replacement teeth.
Initially, speaking may be difficult but you can improve this by reading aloud and if you are experiencing any sore spots in your mouth, the denture surface may need some adjustment.
Dentures should be removed after every meal and cleaned with cold water and a soft brush. This should be repeated at night time followed by soaking them in a denture cleaning solution, like ‘Sterident’ for 10 MINUTES ONLY. They should then be washed and left to soak in water overnight as they could lose their shape if allowed to dry out.
It is also important to brush your remaining teeth (if applicable), gums and use mouthwash twice a day to prevent any infections. You will also need to attend regular check-ups so your dentist and hygienist can keep an eye on your oral health.