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A denture is a removable prosthesis made to replace missing teeth. Generally dentures are made out of acrylic resin and can be combined with various metals. Dentures improve chewing ability and speech, and provide support for facial muscles.

Dentures resemble natural teeth. Although they take some time to get used to wearing, modern advances in dentistry have resulted in dentures being more comfortable to wear than in years past while also offering a more natural appearance. There are two basic types of dentures – full dentures and partial dentures. Which one you choose will depend primarily on how many teeth need to be replaced.

  • Full dentures – A full denture is used to replace all teeth on the upper or lower jaw. The denture includes an acrylic base that looks like natural gums, which then sits over the gums after any existing teeth have been removed.
  • Partial dentures – A partial denture is a solution when only a few teeth need to be replaced. The partial denture either attaches to crowns on either side of the denture or to a metal framework that is attached to the teeth on both sides of the partial denture. Partial dentures can be removable or they can be anchored in place by attaching them to dental implants.
  • Flexible Dentures- Flexible dentures are made with a flexible resin so the denture base has some flexibilty. Patients find that this may provide a more comfortable fit and these dentures do not rely on visible clasping.

The denture fabrication process takes approximately one month and roughly five appointments. After the initial diagnosis is made, impressions are made to determine proper jaw position. An appointment to “try-in” your new denture will be scheduled to assure proper colour, shape and fit. The final denture is then placed and any subsequent visits for needed adjustments are made.

Why should you clean your dentures

Just like natural teeth dentures become dirty as they accumulate food debris, bacteria and plaque which can result in gum inflammation and potentially more gum disease, discolouration and bad breath

How should you clean dentures

The general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. 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.