What are complete dentures?
Full dentures, or complete dentures, are a removable device that can be used to replace missing teeth. The denture teeth are made out of porcelain or acrylic and held together by an acrylic base. Partial dentures are similar but only used to replace some teeth, whilst a complete denture is a replacement for the full set.
Full dentures may be needed when you lose all of your teeth and they can help fill out your appearance again, and leaving you feeling more confident to smile.
How are dentures made?
The base of a denture is intended to mimic natural gum tissue and is made up of carefully pigmented acrylic known as polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA. The visible PMMA surfaces are highly polished to look as natural as possible, and they also help to prevent the build-up of bacteria on your dentures to keep them feeling fresh and clean.
Upper dentures tend to cover the roof of your mouth, while the lower denture is U-shaped to ensure there is enough room for your tongue.
Both upper and lower dentures rest on the gum tissue, and suction helps to keep them in place. Denture adhesive can also help secure your dentures and stop any food particles from causing discomfort, which can happen if they become trapped under the denture.
Getting used to life with dentures
It may take a little time to get used to your dentures, but by talking to your dentist, they’ll be able to advise on what to expect and help put your mind at ease.
Eating and speaking with your dentures may be a little difficult at first but rest assured, with a little practice, you’ll be back to your normal self in no time.
To help keep your dentures in good shape, try and stick to a thorough daily cleaning regime. Removing them at night (unless told otherwise) will give your gums a rest and storing them safely when not in use will help to maintain their appearance.
Full dentures can have a positive outcome on your life, bringing the smile back to your face and helping you get back to feeling like yourself.