Dentures are artificial teeth replacement options for your natural teeth that restore your smile and help you eat better. They are usually made with acrylic, or a combination of acrylic and metal.
Your dentist will usually evaluate your suitability for dentures first. It involves a comprehensive dental examination and taking an X-ray of your jaw and mouth. Your dentist may also discuss with you about other teeth replacement options, such as dental implants.
Make an enquiry with us to check your suitability.
Procedure for Making Dentures
Once your dentist has confirmed your suitability, it will take approximately five dental visits for your dentures to be made. During these visits, your dentist will:
- Make impressions of your mouth and teeth, as well as measure your bite.
- Send the impressions to a laboratory that for them to be made into intermediary wax dentures.
- Check the fit and aesthetics of the wax dentures by getting you to try them on.
- Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the fit, the final set of dentures will be made according to the wax mould.
- Before you leave, the dentures will be checked and adjusted to ensure a good fit in your mouth.
To get used to having the dentures in your mouth, you should wear them most of the time during the first few days, except when sleeping.
You may experience some discomfort in the first few months when wearing the dentures, such as:
- Excessive salivation
- Difficulty in eating
- Difficulty in pronouncing certain words
- Minor irritation in your mouth
These problems will disappear as you become more comfortable with your dentures and have adjusted to it.
Caring for Your Dentures
It is important to keep your dentures clean. Not caring for them will result in your dentures getting dirty and smelly. Unhygienic dentures can also cause fungal growth in your gums.
Here are some tips to keep your dentures well-maintained:
- Brush or wash your dentures after every meal.
- Avoid adjusting the dentures on your own.
- Do not soak your dentures in very hot or boiling water as the heat may distort your dentures.
- Avoid dropping your dentures, as they may crack or chip upon impact. If you have a tendency of dropping your dentures while brushing them, consider placing a basin of water underneath when doing so.
- Store your dentures in room temperature water. Leaving them out to dry causes them to lose their shape.
You should visit your dentist to get your dentures checked and ensure proper fitting regularly. Ill-fitting dentures not only irritate your gum, they also cause ulcers and put you at higher risk of oral cancer.
Your jaw and gums will shrink over time as you age. Therefore, your dentist will adjust your dentures to ensure you are comfortable wearing them, or suggest a replacement if they no longer fit.
Well-maintained dentures usually last about five to eight years before they need to be replaced.
If your dentures are causing you discomfort, send us an enquiry to get them checked.