Dentures, or false teeth as they are more commonly known, are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Dentures mimic your natural teeth and are made up of several acrylic teeth. The number of teeth you need will depend on how many teeth you have lost and the overall health of your jaw bone.

If implants are not an option for you, dentures can offer replacements for one or multiple teeth. Partial dentures are designed to replace one or just a few teeth whereas complete dentures cover your entire lower and upper jaw.

Type of Dentures

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures typically consist of replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-coloured plastic base. This is connected by a metal support that holds the denture in place in your mouth. These dentures are suitable for people who have one or more natural teeth remaining in their upper or lower jaw.

A permanent bridge will replace one or more of your teeth. This is achieved by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space. Artificial teeth are attached to them. The bridge is then bonded into place. Precision partial dentures are removable and have internal attachments in place of clasps. These attach to the adjoining crowns to give you a more natural-looking appliance.

Complete Dentures – Conventional or Immediate

Complete dentures are available in either conventional or immediate. Depending on your healing process, conventional dentures are ready to be placed in the mouth about 8-12 weeks after your teeth have been extracted and your mouth has healed. Conventional dentures take longer to produce and fit and can be customised to fit your mouth just right. Patients have the luxury of choosing the shape, shade, and size of their false teeth. If done right, these dentures can last you several years.

Immediate dentures are made in advance which means that they can be placed as soon as your teeth are removed. The advantage of immediate dentures is that you do not have to go without teeth during your healing period. Because your gums shrink over time after extracting your teeth, immediate dentures do require adjustments in order to properly fit in your mouth. Many patients choose immediate dentures as a temporary solution just until their conventional dentures can be made.

We also offer Chrome Combat Dentures and Metal Dentures.

What Can I Expect when Wearing my Dentures?

For many patients, dentures feel very strange at first. It takes a bit of time to get accustomed to them so you may feel a little discomfort. They feel like a foreign object that makes speaking and eating feel unnatural or weird. Dentures make it harder for you hot or cold liquids and even hard foods.

During the first few days of wearing your dentures, it is normal to develop sore spots so don’t be too alarmed. You may also develop a little bit of a lisp when you talk as your tongue needs to adjust to the denture. Your gums and cheeks also take time to adjust to wearing dentures. As the weeks go by, you will notice less saliva in your mouth as well as fewer sore spots

How long will my Dentures Last?

During your first few weeks of wearing your dentures, you will need to consult with Dr Danka too make sure they fit you properly. As time goes by, your mouth will go through changes which will make it necessary for your dentures to either be adjusted or replaced.

Your mouth and tissues constantly change and your dentures are prone to shrink and may need to be rebased or replaced. We recommend doing this every 4 years and relining them every 2 years. Oral hygiene and your overall general health are 2 main factors that can reduce the life expectancy of your dentures. If they are harming your gum tissue and causing you discomfort, you may need to replace them sooner.

How do I take care of my Dentures?

  • After meals, remove and scrub your dentures with lukewarm water and plain soap and rinse thoroughly.
  • Clean your mouth after removing them to help clean your gums.
  • To prevent inflammation, sores and infection, it is advisable to take out your dentures overnight.
  • Submerge them in a denture-soaking solution overnight.
  • Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Don’t use toothpicks when you’re wearing them.

Dental Services in Linden

Today’s modern dentures are designed to be comfortable. They perform the functions of your natural teeth and are an extremely cost-effective treatment option. They restore your smile and eliminate those social awkwardness you felt when you had missing teeth. Dentures provide you with a realistic aesthetic that mimics your natural teeth.

Dr Ebrahim Danka is an experienced, professional dentist committed to providing all his patients with the highest quality dental care. He prides himself on maintain lasting relationships with his patients throughout their dental care and after. He maintains the highest standards of practice, ethics, and integrity. Should you decide to get dentures, consult with Dr Danka today and start smiling freely.