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“When George Washington (1732 -1799) was inaugurated US President in 1789, he had only one remaining real tooth in his mouth. His dentures were carved out of hippopotamus ivory and employed gold wire springs and brass screws holding human teeth.”
What They Are
Dentures are removable false teeth that fit comfortably over the gums to replace missing teeth.
Patients can lose their teeth for many reasons (including removal because of decay; developmental defects caused by malnutrition; genetic defects; trauma, or drug use). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle. Dentures can eliminate these problems and give you a more natural smile.
Denture teeth can make an immediate difference
- Chewing ability is improved
- The collapsed appearance (for the lips and cheeks) that results from the loss of teeth is corrected to return natural appearance to the face
- There is an improvement in pronouncing words (particularly for sounds (s), (sh), (z), or (zh) (f)
- These improvements can boost confidence in the ability to interact socially.
Types Of Dentures
There are many types of dentures ranging from the classic plastic denture through to recent developments in injection-moulded and flexible dentures. We can advise you about the best denture to suit you and your budget.
A full denture will be fitted if all your upper or lower teeth need to be removed or you are having an old complete denture replaced. A partial denture is designed to fill in the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. Usually, the denture is fitted as soon as your teeth are removed, which means you won't ever be without teeth.
Living With Dentures
Dentures may feel a bit strange to begin with, but you'll soon get used to wearing them. You still need to look after them and your dental health.
After the initial settling-in period we advise you to remove them at night: Clean your dentures as often as you would normal teeth; brush to remove food particles; soak in a denture-cleaning product to remove stains and bacteria.
You should also continue to brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. Even if you have a full set of dentures, you should continue to see your dentist regularly so they can check for any dental health / oral problems and for maintenance. After many years use, your dentures will eventually need replacing.