Gaps left by missing teeth can lead to eating and speech problems. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth usually made from acrylic, nylon or metal.
There are two types of dentures:
These are a full set that will replace all of your upper and lower teeth. They are used in extreme cases. While these are mostly fitted the same day as your teeth are removed, if it is the first set of complete dentures, your dentist may suggest waiting a few months to allow your gums to reshape and settle into their new position before fitting them.
These are replacements for either a single tooth, or a handful of teeth. Partial dentures are clipped onto your natural teeth with metal clasps and can easily be unclipped and removed.
Your dentist or dentist technician will take an impression of your mouth and create a trial denture to assess the fit and appearance. Any adjustments to the shape or colour will be made, and then the final denture is produced.
Dentures may feel slightly uncomfortable as you adjust to them. Initially you may be required to wear your dentures at all times, including while you sleep. Should you ever take them out, they should be kept moist either in water, or a suitable denture-cleaning solution to prevent the denture from drying out and changing shape.
Make sure to brush your dentures just as you would brush natural teeth, as well as paying attention to your gums and tongue.