Where some of your teeth remain, the spaces can be filled with a partial denture. This type of denture can be made of either acrylic or metal (cobalt-chrome) and is retained in position by attaching to the remaining natural teeth.
Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges or dental implants.
A full denture is made when all teeth have been lost or removed.
This type of denture is made of acrylic and fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
While dentures take some getting used to and in terms of chewing never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. However, any potential problems associated with dentures can be greatly reduced by the provision of implants.
- Dentures should be removed once a day for cleaning, usually before going to bed at night. Brushing dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush will remove food and dental plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. Sleeping with dentures in your mouth is not recommended as it can cause irritation to the gum tissue. Denture cleanser should be used to chemically clean your dentures while you’re asleep at night. This chemical clean should not replace a thorough daily mechanical brush.
- When cleaning dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are extremely delicate and may break if accidentally dropped.
- Don’t let dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them.
- Regular 6 monthly examination and professional cleans are still required to ensure the dentures fit well. If your denture breaks, gets chipped, cracks, or become loose don’t be tempted to adjust or repair them yourself – this can damage them beyond repair.