Removable dentures also known as "false teeth" are removable prosthetic devices made to replace missing teeth. Dentures gain their support from the tissues of the oral cavity whether by sitting on the soft tissues of the gum and palate or by a combination of tooth and soft tissue support.
Dentures are either made of acrylic (plastic) or have a metal framework base. A complete (full) denture replaces all missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture is made to fill up spaces caused by the loss of teeth or where teeth are missing. Dentures will not only replace the teeth but also provide support to the soft tissues around your cheeks and face because they replace these as well and in doing so prevent premature sagging and ageing signs.
A full denture sits on the gum of the upper or lower jaw. Dentures are designed to let you chew speak and talk with a degree of confidence and self-esteem. Using dentures for eating take time and practice at first so we advise you to cut your food up small and stick to a soft diet in the first instance.
An immediate denture is a denture designed to be fitted on the same day as you have your teeth out so that you are not left with unsightly gaps or spaces. These immediate dentures are transitory in nature and are replaced after anything between 3 and 6 months because gum healing is most rapid in this time and these dentures will get loose. Sometimes instead of total replacement the dentures can be relined. This is where the fitting surface of the denture as opposed to the teeth is replaced. In some instances we may advise you to wait until your gums have healed before we make dentures.
Dentures should not be worn overnight - they must be taken out at night. They should always be cleaned over a sink of water using a brush and either a proprietary denture cleaner or toothpaste.
Dentures have a lifespan of several years but will need to be replaced if they become loose because the mouth will over a period of time change shape.
Here at Langley Dental Practice we offer different designs of dentures both NHS and independent. Our highly trained team of dentists would be happy to discuss your requirements with you.