If you are happy with the appearance of your current dentures we can match the colour, size and shape of the teeth for you as well as the shape of the denture itself. Whatever it is that you like or dislike about your current dentures we can take this into consideration when making your new dentures.
If you have lost some teeth either due to them falling out on their own or your dentist extracting them for you we can usually add to your existing denture. You can book in as soon as the area is no longer sore to the touch. It is a service we carry out the usually the same day. You would need to book an appointment to come in for an impression. You would then be without your denture for roughly three hours while we add the tooth/teeth onto your denture. You would then need to come back again later the same day to have the denture fitted and check that the new tooth/teeth are comfortable.
Replacing lost or missing teeth is very good for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older and they will find it harder to eat and speak properly.Dentures can be made to closely match your natural teeth so that your appearance hardly changes. Modern dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face.
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the denture from moving. As you become more used to your denture, add other foods until you return to your normal healthy diet.
The upper denture usually has much more suction to hold it in place. The gum support in the lower jaw is much less and the lower denture may feel more wobbly as it has to be balanced between your cheeks and your tongue. After a while you will learn the shape of your new denture and how to keep in place even when you open your mouth wide.
Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth and you shouldn't need a denture fixative. However, over time, dentures may become loose and not fit as well. When this happens, some people prefer to use a fixative for a short time before having them replaced. A poorly fitting denture may cause irritation and sores. This can often happen if you have worn immediate dentures for some time.
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled brush. This removes plaque and helps the circulation in your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to you losing more of your teeth. Your dentist may refer you to the hygienist to have your remaining natural teeth cleaned regularly.
Dentures may break if you drop them. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. To clean your dentures, the general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any food debris. Using an effervescent (fizzy) denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher - always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface. Most dentists advise using toothpaste and a small to medium-headed toothbrush. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which touches your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.