Dentures (false teeth) act as a common solution in terms of replacing missing teeth. Generally speaking, dentures are made from a combination of metal and acrylic plastic. They’re designed to both act and function like real teeth. Whether we’re talking about covering your face when you smile or trying to tuck into that piece of meat, there’s so much more to living with missing teeth than meets the eye.

When you have missing teeth, your facial appearance can change, your other teeth can shift, your gums can be damaged and you aren’t able to properly chew your food. With new dentures, your smile will be restored, you’ll be able to eat more comfortably, and your appearance will be improved. Dentures also support your lips and cheeks, helping you speak more clearly.

When it comes to dentures, numerous types are available. It’s best to discuss which solution is best for you and your needs with Dr Chandra

Types of dentures available:

  • Complete or full dentures replace all teeth along the top or bottom jaw (or both).
  • Partial dentures replace some missing teeth in one jaw, using the natural teeth that remain as an anchor.
  • Overdentures are clipped over an attachment in the roots of existing teeth or worn over dental implants.
  • Implant-retained dentures are held in place using dental implants secured to the bone of the jaw.
  • Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth immediately following a tooth extraction, providing a more efficient and comfortable after-care treatment as opposed to waiting 3 months.

Book online for your denture fitting at Dental at Joondalup in Perth.

Dentures should be taken out every night. Food and plaque will accumulate on the denture and on any teeth the denture fits around. This food and plaque can cause decay and gum disease, and so it is important that a high standard of Oral Hygiene is maintained. False teeth require meticulous hygiene too!

Warm soapy water with a soft toothbrush is the best cleaning method for dentures. Placing them in a clean glass of water when they are not in the mouth (i.e. overnight) will ensure they do not dry out and become brittle. An anti-staining tablet (i.e. Steradent) can be used weekly to remove staining and keep the dentures looking new. It is not advisable to clean dentures with toothpaste as the polishing particles etch the acrylic surface and remove the once lustrous finish.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Warning: not everyone may be suitable for this treatment and any oral appliance carries risks of treatment.