A denture is nothing but a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. In simple words, a denture is removable false teeth that are made of acrylic, nylon or metal. They gently fit over the gums to replace missing teeth and in the process eliminate all the potential problems such as trouble with eating and speaking are caused due to gaps. Depending on the number of teeth that are missing, you may either need complete denture or partial denture.

  • Complete Denture: It is a full set which replaces all of your upper or lower teeth.
  • Partial Denture: It replaces only a single tooth or a few missing teeth.

Quite irrefutably, dentures are a fantastic solution, but in no way should be considered an equal match for natural teeth.

Advantages

  • An improved ability to bite and chew
  • Will reduce problems in speeches
  • Gives protection to remaining teeth from wear
  • Dentures are long-lasting and can last up to 5 to 10 years
  • Modern dentures will fit and feel good
  • Easy to maintain and relatively hassle-free
  • From a cosmetic perspective, dentures will enhance your facial look
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Highly customizable, easy to adjust

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Disadvantages

  • Takes a few weeks to get used to wearing dentures
  • Cheap and improperly fit dentures can be uncomfortable, causing pain
  • May affect your taste buds
  • May cause gagging problems
  • There is always a risk of breakage

Many a times, there are only a few teeth missing. In situations where only some teeth are missing, we need a removable partial denture. It is important to note that when only a few teeth are missing, the left over teeth may change their positions, and those teeth that are out of their positions can damage tissues in the mouth. Plus, it can also be difficult to keep the space between crooked teeth clean, and thereby resulting in running the risk of developing tooth decay and gum diseases. A removable partial denture fills the space created by missing teeth and is usually used when the space without teeth is too large to bridge. A partial denture is locked into the place with its metal clasps. There are two types available – one is made of acrylic and other has a metal framework commonly referred to as cast partial dentures.

Tips For Patients With Dentures

  • Don’t feel discouraged
  • It is very common to see patients feel a bit of a discomfort while wearing a denture in the beginning. Remember, you are not alone in facing difficulties. So don’t feel discouraged.
  • Eat slowly and deliberately
  • Sure, dentures do not put any eating restrictions on you, but it is a good idea to eat only soft foods in the beginning. Then, as you progress, eat hard foods. Try to place food on both sides at the same time to balance the biting forces on the new denture.
  • When sore spots develop
  • If sore spots are to develop, make sure to wear your denture for at least 24 hours prior to the adjustment visit. Doing so will help your dentist see the sore spots visually.
  • Keep the denture clean
  • It is profoundly significant to keep the dentures clean. Clean your dentures every morning and night with the help of a denture toothbrush and denture toothpaste.
  • Leave out your dentures at night
  • When the dentures are not in the mouth, they should be left in water.

Frequently Asked Questions: Dentures

Q1. How do I know if I need a removable denture or not?

First and foremost, you need a professional consultation with an experienced dentist. During the consultation, ensure that you explore options, do your research, and then make a decision as to whether dentures are right for you or not.

Q2. Are there any aftercare instructions to be followed?

Absolutely. It is important to handle dentures with great care. Brush and rinse them daily. Scrub both the sides with the denture brush using cold water only. Check with your dentist to avail more instructions.