Restoring your confident smile
Dentures have been around for many years and can replace several teeth or an entire upper or lower arch (or both). Dentures are usually made from acrylic resin bonded to a metal support base.
Complete dentures are designed for patients who have lost all or most of their natural teeth, while partial dentures are for patients who still retain have some natural teeth.
Dentures restore function, enabling people to eat normally, speak clearly and feel confident about the aesthetics of their smile. They also provide support for the cheeks and lips.
To ensure you receive the best possible fit for your dentures an impression mould of your natural remaining teeth as well as your gum line is made and used as a template. From these impressions your dentures are custom-made and will usually take around four weeks to craft.
For most people, it can take a while to get used to wearing dentures. You may find that your speech is affected and the dentures feel a little odd for a short time. It is also advisable to have a soft food diet and liquids for a few weeks after receiving your dentures.
It’s also not advisable to wear your denture overnight. Removing the denture allows your gums to rest and promotes improved oral health.
Over time the contour of your gums will change, therefore it is important to visit us at The Art of Dentistry regularly to ensure your dentures still fit securely and any adjustments that may be required can be made.
While many people choose dentures to replace missing teeth, they are not the only option. Dental implants are fast becoming a popular alternative for patients with missing teeth, but they are not suitable for everyone.
Dr Gleeson can talk to you about your options and provide more information about the treatment options that will best suit your needs.