Dentures – False Teeth
Getting the right dentures can be a difficult assignment, especially when the originals fit so well! Redmyre take extra special care of patients with dentures to ensure the perfect fit.
What are Dentures?
Also known commonly as false teeth, dentures are a prosthetic replacement for missing teeth. A mould is taken of the patients mouth and using a plastic resin an artificial support is created. Prosthetic teeth are attached to the support. Together the support and the teeth are what we call dentures. The dentures use the oral cavity of the gums and light suction to hold themselves in place. They allow a patient who has lost a number of teeth in a row to fill the gap and provide the same function as original teeth.
Dentures can be either partial or full, depending on how many teeth have been lost. If all the patients original teeth have been lost then a full set of prosthetic teeth are required. These enable the patient to regain all the functions that teeth provide, chewing food, correct speech, natural facial aesthetic, and the confidence of a full toothy smile.
If only some individual teeth are lost it may be possible to replace those with dental bridges which will attach to the adjoining teeth for support. If a number of teeth in a row are lost a partial denture is required. The partial denture enables the prosthetic teeth to attach to the moulded support, and the mould is designed to fit in between the existing teeth.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
Dentures need to be cared for in the same way as normal teeth. Regular daily cleaning is required, this being made easier since the dentures are removable. Both the dentures and the gums should be cleaned so as to prevent any leftover food pieces starting to decay and cause infection in the gums.
It is recommended to replace your dentures every 7-10 years as they will begin to loose the strength of suction to the gums and in so doing will loose the ability to properly support the patients natural facial appearance