About one adult in four wears dentures! Whether you’ve worn dentures for a while, have just had them fitted, or are about to, you may have some questions?
What are dentures?
Often referred to as false teeth, dentures are worn to replace your natural teeth. They are usually made from lifelike resin teeth bonded to a plastic base. A complete denture replaces all your natural teeth. A partial denture is usually held in place by clasps or metal clips that fit around some of your remaining natural teeth.
Will anyone be able to tell them from my natural teeth?
Not easily. Dentures made with today’s technology can look so natural that people can’t tell you’re wearing them. Your dentures will have been custom-made to fit your mouth, and coloured to look as natural as possible. They will take on the character of your original teeth so your appearance will be unchanged.
How easy is it to adjust to wearing dentures?
It’s normal for new dentures to feel a little strange at first, but rest assured that you don’t look any different – there’s no need to be self-conscious. Although you may produce more saliva than normal, this should settle down after a while. You will soon start to smile, talk and eat as confidently with dentures as you would with your natural teeth.
Will my dentures affect my sense of taste?
Food may taste a little different at first, while your mouth is adjusting to the feel of the denture. However, your taste buds are mainly located on your tongue – not on your teeth. Food will soon start to taste normal again.
What about eating out?
Once you get used to wearing your dentures there is absolutely no reason why you should feel too restricted by them. With time and experience you will begin feeling as confident as you did before and you’ll be able to enjoy eating out.
Can denture adhesives help?
Yes, a denture adhesive can help you overcome a range of problems. No matter how well your dentures have been made to fit, they may not provide the same strong, biting surface as natural teeth. Whether your dentures are new or you’ve had them a while, you may find that:
- their retention and stability are affected by the structure of your mouth
- the level of suction that helps hold them in place (particularly the upper denture) varies with the amount of saliva you produce
- you avoid foods like crusty bread, nuts and apples, that may displace your dentures
- the pips and seeds of some fruits can get trapped underneath, causing irritation and pain.
What should I do if my dentures hurt?
Dentures should not be painful, so if they hurt it’s likely that something is not quite right. Visit your dental professional as soon as possible!
Should I take my dentures out at night?
We recommend that you do. Ask your dental professional if you are not sure.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Just like natural teeth, dentures always need to be cleaned morning and night in order to remove food particles and plaque. Even if you can’t see it, a build-up of plaque on your dentures can irritate your gums. Clean carefully along the gum-line and wherever any remaining teeth meet your dentures, because debris and plaque tend to build up in these areas.
Do I still need to visit my dental professional?
Yes, your dentures are made from materials that are softer than your natural teeth, so eventually they will need to be replaced. In the meantime, your dental professional needs to make sure that they continue to fit properly, as your mouth continues to change shape after your teeth have been removed. Gaining or losing weight can also affect the shape of your mouth. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Peter on 0800 000 284 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org