DENTAL BRIDGES AND DENTURES

DENTAL BRIDGES AND DENTURES

FULL DENTURES

In the event that you have no natural teeth at all left in your lower or upper jaw, then a complete, or a full set of dentures, which usually consist of plastic teeth attached to a plastic plate, will be required.

With a set of complete upper dentures, a plate is held to the roof of your mouth by the suction created by the thin layer of saliva that sits between the dentures and the palate. Your tongue and the muscles in your face will also help to keep the dentures firmly in place.

With a lower set of dentures, it is slightly more difficult to keep them in place, because that part of your mouth moves around a lot. However, a good set of well-fitted lower dentures should stay secure without the need for using any fixative denture cream.

GETTING USED TO DENTURES

It is important that your expectations of dentures are realistic, because they do take time to get used to. Even though dentures won’t feel like your natural teeth, in time, you will be able to eat your food, talk, and smile with absolute confidence.

Initially, you may feel some soreness and discomfort with new dentures, but this will wear off very quickly. An appointment should be scheduled with your dentists for about a week or two after the initial fitting so that any problems can be rectified.

When you first start wearing dentures, you may find that some words are difficult to pronounce and chewing some food may be a bit difficult, but you will get used to it in time. When you eat, chew with both sides of your mouth and start off with soft food while you are getting used to your dentures.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR DENTURES & MOUTH

It is important that you continue to look after any remaining natural teeth, so brush them with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. If you don’t have any natural teeth left at all, you should still use a soft brush to brush your gums and tongue.

Your dentures should be cleaned after every meal, making sure that you clean all the surfaces, including the part that sits next to your gums. At night time, remove your dentures and put them in a glass containing water or a cleaning solution. You should never use hot water or bleach on your dentures, because that will damage them.

Worn or poorly fitting dentures can cause discomfort, irritation and cause infection, so, even if you don’t have any natural teeth, you will still need to have a regular check-up with your dentist so that the condition and the fit of dentures can be checked.

DENTAL BRIDGES OR PARTIAL DENTURES

In the event that just one or two natural teeth have been removed, a dentist may suggest a bridge. These are replacement teeth that are attached to the remaining natural teeth and they are usually made of metal and porcelain and a crown is attached to the top of them.

A bridge, which will last approximately five to ten years, will have been fixed into place with cement so you will be able to clean it without having to remove it first. Your dentist will show you how to clean under the bridge with special dental floss.