Why should I replace my missing teeth with dentures?
Leaving gaps between your natural teeth can affect your speech and your ability to eat and chew properly. Gaps between teeth can also make your smile look less attractive, which can affect your self confidence. If gaps are left then the remaining teeth can move/tilt/over-erupt into the spaces causing problems later on.
What different types of denture are there?
There are two main groups of dentures: complete or full dentures and partial dentures. Complete or full dentures replace all of your natural teeth in either your upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are used to replace some of your teeth in either your upper or lower jaw. There are a number of different types of dentures, including cobalt chrome, flexible and plastic dentures. As always you should discuss the different types of denture with your dentist, as some types may be more suitable for your individual needs than others. Immediate dentures are used to replace the teeth immediately after they have been lost or extracted; they are replaced once the gum tissue has healed (approximately six months later).
Will having dentures affect my speech?
When adjusting to new dentures, some patients find their speech can alter slightly (especially pronouncing “s” and “f” sounds), whilst getting used to the new shape of their dentures. This is only short term. We suggest reading aloud and to practice counting the numbers 65 up to 70 as for new denture wearers these sounds can be the hardest to get used to.
are dentures comfortable?
Initially, dentures may take a little getting used to. Every care is taken to design your new dentures to fit you as precisely and as comfortable as possible. However, whilst your mouth and gums adjust to your new dentures you may find that sore spots or ulcers may develop during the first few days of wear. This can be relieved by slight adjustments to the denture. NEVER try and adjust your dentures yourself. If you are experiencing sore spots contact the practice and we will arrange for an appointment to adjust your dentures.
how long will dentures last?
It is impossible to give an exact answer to that question. There are many contributing factors to when you will need to replace them such as; if your dentures are loose, they have become worn and stained, you have lost more teeth or accidental damage (such as dropping them and breaking them).
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