Dentures replace lost or missing teeth. A complete or full set replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. A partial set fills in the spaces left by missing teeth.
Why should I wear dentures?
Full dentures fit snugly over your gums. They help you to eat comfortably and speak clearly and will improve your confidence and self-esteem. Partial dentures replace that are missing. If you have gaps between your teeth, your teeth may move to take up some of the space. You could end up with crooked or tilted teeth. This could affect the way you bite and could damage other teeth.
Will they look obvious?
Replacing lost or missing teeth is good for your health and appearance. A full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can affect a persons appearance and will most likely find it difficult to eat and speak properly.
How long should I wear them?
During the first few days, you should wear them most of the time, including whilst asleep. After your mouth gets used to them, you may want to take them our before going to bed. This allows you gums to rest and helps keep your mouth healthy.
How do I care for them?
Brush your dentures before soaking them, to help remove any bits of food. Then brush them again, as you would your own teeth. They may break if you drop them, so be careful when cleaning.
How long will they last?
If you care for your dentures they should last for years. However, they will need to be relined over time. Loose dentures can cause discomfort and health problems including sores and infections. It is important to have them relined or remade before they cause problems.