Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for many years now. Alternative methods used to replace missing teeth include dental implants and fixed bridges.
Vard Dental recommend that missing teeth be replaced as soon as possible. The loss of your teeth can have negative effects on your self-confidence, your ability to chew food and your bite. Since your teeth provide structure and support to your cheeks, tooth loss can result in the sagging of your cheeks and make you appear older than you are.
Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth. Modern-day dentures can look very realistic and natural and feel comfortable.
When all your teeth are missing, a complete denture is used to replace them, whereas if only a few teeth need replacing we can use a partial denture. Partial dentures can help stabilise your existing healthy teeth. Ideally standard dentures should be held in place by their natural suction to your gums; sometimes a fixative needs to be used.
Dentures can be fixed securely in place by dental implants or mini implants, which can give you the confidence to eat whatever you want without having to worry about your dentures coming loose or falling out. More patients seem to be opting for treatment with implants now. Despite their high cost, they have a dramatic effect on improving the quality of life.
It is important to keep your dentures clean at all times. You should remove your dentures at night to give your gums “a rest” and the chance to be exposed to your natural saliva, which will keep them healthy. It is highly recommended that you brush your dentures and soak them in cold water regularly. Special cleaning tablets can be added to the water when you soak your dentures. Always brush your dentures before putting them back into your mouth. If your dentures begin to collect debris or stains that you cannot remove by normal brushing, we will be able to professionally clean your dentures for you.”
It is important to visit us regularly to ensure that your dentures are in good condition and continue to fit your gums, as the shape of your gums and underlying bone can change with time. Loose fitting dentures can cause irritation and inflammation of your gums.
The length of time a denture lasts depends on how you take care of them and how much you use them in terms of general wear and tear. Over time, dentures can become loose as your gums shrink and your bite changes. When this happens, you may need a new set of dentures, or in some cases, a simple modification of your existing dentures may solve the problem.
Call Vard Dental for an appointment 01 2855 841 so that we can talk with you about the process of getting the right type of dentures for you and how to care for your dentures.