Life after teeth: the denture guide

Losing your teeth is awful. There’s no getting round it. Without them, you cannot bite and chew food, your face loses its structure and starts to sag and you look older. With all that going on, is it any wonder you lose your self-confidence too? You may not fancy the sound of dentures, they have so many comedy connotations. But nonetheless you need them, and fast.

You’ll be pleased to hear that dentures have come a long way since the two pink gums and the two white teeth of our grandparents’ false teeth. Go and talk to a dentist and they will be able to show you just how realistic modern dentures are. If you live in Farnham, Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic will be more than happy to oblige.

You will find out that these removable replacements for your teeth look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. Modern-day dentures can look natural and feel comfortable.

There are 2 different types of dentures. Complete dentures replace all your teeth. Partial dentures are for when only a few teeth need replacing.

Your denture journey

The first step to getting dentures is an assessment by your dentist, who may recommend removing some teeth, or treatment to improve your gum health. That done, the dentist will take a mould of your gums to use as a model so that the dental technician can make your dentures to exactly fit your mouth. You may need to wear a temporary denture while your gums heal if you have had teeth extracted.

Once you’ve got your dentures, you have to learn to wear them. They stay in place by their natural suction to your gums, and sometimes you can use a denture adhesive.

The bad news is that you may need to adapt your diet to wearing dentures, as some foods can pull them out of place.

You need to keep your dentures clean at all times and remove them at night to give your gums a rest. Brush your dentures and soak them in a glass of cold water when you aren’t wearing them.