Are some or most of your teeth decayed or missing? Do you have loose, damaged, or shifting teeth? These are just some of the signs that you may need dentures. False teeth, as they are more commonly known, are a removable prosthesis for missing teeth. They are made up of several acrylic teeth made to mimic your natural teeth.

If your dentist has suggested that implants are not an option for you, you might want to consider getting dentures. Depending on your particular circumstances, Dr Danka will suggest one of two options. These are partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures can replace one or a few of your teeth and complete dentures are designed to replace all the teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw.

What are Partial Dentures?

Removable partial dentures usually comprise of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base that is the colour of your gum. They are normally connected by a metal framework designed to hold the false teeth in place in your mouth. They are a suitable option for patients who have one or more of their natural teeth left in either the upper or lower jaw.

A permanent bridge is used to replace your tooth or teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space. Artificial teeth are attached to them and the bridge is cemented into place. Partial dentures fill up the spaces created by your missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting or changing position.

What are Complete Dentures?

Complete dentures can either be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are ready to be placed in your mouth around 2-3 months after your teeth have been extracted and your mouth and gums have healed. The timeframe however will depend on your healing process.

They take longer to make and fit because they can be customised to fit your mouth precisely. As a patient of Dr Danka, you will have the benefit of choosing the shape, size, and shade of your complete dentures.

Because immediate dentures are made in advance, they are ready to be placed in your mouth as soon as your teeth have been extracted. This means that you will not have to go without teeth while you heal.

In order to properly fit your mouth, your immediate dentures will require some adjustments so that they fit snugly. This is because your gums shrink over time after pulling your teeth out. If you are looking for a temporary solution while you wait for your conventional dentures, Dr Danka may suggest you choose immediate dentures.

What to Expect when Wearing your Dentures

Dentures take time to get accustomed to so they could feel very strange at first. You can expect a bit of discomfort when wearing them. Many patients describe it as having a foreign object in their mouth. It can make eating and speaking feel weird and unnatural but that is normal.

If you develop sore spots during the first few days of wearing your false teeth, don’t be alarmed as this is totally normal. Because your tongue also needs to adjust to your dentures, you may develop a lisp when you speak. This is also to be expected so don’t panic if it happens.

You need to also give your cheeks and gums time to adjust to wearing dentures. In time, will notice that the sore spots will lessen and eventually go away and the saliva in your mouth will also decrease.

How long can I expect my Dentures Last?

As the days and weeks go by, your mouth will go through changes. These changes will make it necessary for your dentures to be adjusted and in some cases, replaced. You will need to consult with Dr Danka to make sure they are fitting properly.

We recommend you replace or rebase your dentures every 4 years and re-line them every 2 years. Bad oral hygiene is one of the main factors that reduce the life expectancy of false teeth. If your dentures are causing you discomfort or begin to harm your gum tissue, you may need to replace them much sooner.

How do I take care of my Dentures?

  • Brush your dentures daily after meals with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Do this with warm water and plain soap and rinse properly.
  • Clean your mouth and gums after removing them.
  • Take your dentures out overnight to prevent infection, sores and inflammation.
  • Soak them overnight in denture-soaking solution.
  • Avoid using toothpicks when wearing your dentures.

Dental Services in Bedfordview, Gauteng

Today’s dentures come with some truly amazing modern solutions designed to make you feel confident and comfortable. Besides performing the functions of your natural teeth, they are an immensely cost-effective dental treatment option. If you are feeling self-conscious about your mouth and smile, Dr Danka can help by providing you with an aesthetically pleasing alternative.

Decaying and missing teeth can have a negative impact on your oral and overall health. Dr Danka understands that getting dentures is a decision that is not to be taken lightly. If you have doubts or questions, he will be happy to answer them and suggest a treatment option that best suits you.

If you are looking for a dentist in Bedfordview that is committed to providing premium oral care, choose Dr Ebrahim Danka. He takes great pride in being able to offer the best dental services using innovative and state-of-the-art equipment. If you have decided that dentures are the right option for you, get in touch with the doctor today and regain your confidence and flaunt your smile.

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