When you think of dentures often the first image that comes to mind is the old-fashioned, removable set of false teeth that sit in a glass of water next to your bed at night.
This isn’t how dentures are made today. They have come a long way over the years. Modern techniques mean dentures can be secured in place with dental implants to provide better stability. They cover less tissue which can give you an improved ability to taste and a better fit in your mouth.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to feel bad about getting dentures. They’re not just for the elderly who have lost all their teeth. Dentures can be used in many situations to help bring back somebody’s smile when their own teeth are missing.
Dentures are constructed to replace missing teeth and are supported by gum tissue. Traditionally they have been removable, but dentures now can be secured in place using dental implants. There are a few different types of dentures which your dentist will go through with you to find the best solution for your individual needs.
New dentures are useful if you don’t like the way your smile looks or you’re struggling to chew food.
Benefits of new dentures:
You’ll need immediate dentures if you get some or all of your natural teeth taken out. If this is your situation, a clinical dental technician will work with your dentist to give you an immediate denture, right then and there.
How it works:
If your dentures are worn, discoloured, broken, or are uncomfortable then you may need replacement dentures. As you age, your mouth changes shape and you begin to see lines and creases appear around your mouth. To ensure that your dentures offer good support for your cheeks and lips and continue to fit well, you will probably need to replace your dentures every eight to ten years.
You might need your dentures re-lined if your dentures are less than four years old but are feeling loose. That’s because your mouth is always slowly changing shape. Re-lining your dentures is a simple procedure and it’s usually done on the day you visit.
With proper care dentures can last for years. Take good care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting the dentist and hygienist.
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