What is a Denture?


People need full teeth to enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Prosthetic teeth are used to complete missing and lost teeth. Prostheses are made of acrylic (plastic) or metal.

A complete denture is a type of prosthesis that replaces all natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw.

Half Denture is the process of filling the gaps left by missing or missing teeth with a ‘partial’ denture. It can be fixed to your natural teeth with metal supports or ‘precision attachments’.

Why should I wear dentures?

Full dentures fit tightly to your gums to complement your teeth. It helps you eat comfortably and speak clearly, increases your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Partial dentures replace missing teeth and can sometimes be supplemented with existing teeth. If you have spaces between your teeth, your other teeth may move to take up space, so your teeth may become crooked or crooked. This can affect the way you bite and damage your other teeth.

How soon after my teeth are extracted can I have dentures?

Generally, dentures can be fitted immediately after your teeth are extracted. These are called ‘temporary prostheses’. You will need to visit your dentist in advance to have your mouth measurements taken.

With temporary prostheses, your gums heal and you are prevented from being toothless. However, bones and gums may shrink over time, especially in the first six months after your teeth have been extracted. If your gums shrink, your dentures may need to be reattached, adjusted, or even replaced immediately. Your dentist will inform you about this.

In order for your denture to fit better, your dentist may recommend that you wait for your gums to heal before having your dentures done. Recovery may take several months.

Who will make and wear my prosthesis?

Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and then order your dentures from a dental technician.

Will dentures make me look different?

Replacing lost or missing teeth is very good for your health and appearance. Full or half dentures replace your natural teeth and provide support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older and make it difficult to eat and speak properly.

Dentures can be made very close to your natural teeth so that your appearance will hardly change. Modern dentures can improve the appearance of your smile and help fill in the appearance of your face.

Will I be able to eat with dentures?

It will take some time for your mouth structure to adapt to the prosthesis, for you to be able to eat and chew completely. We recommend starting with soft food cut into small pieces first. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth at the same time to stop the movement of the prosthesis. As you get used to your prosthesis, you can continue your normal diet by adding other foods. .

Will dentures change the way I speak?

Pronouncing some words may take practice. Reading aloud and repeating difficult words will help.

If you notice your dentures occasionally slipping when laughing, coughing or smiling, reposition your dentures by gently biting and swallowing. If this happens a lot, see your dentist.

How long should I wear my dentures?

During the first few days, your dentist may recommend that you wear them most of the time, including while you sleep. After your mouth gets used to your dentures, your dentist may recommend wearing them before bed. This allows your gums to rest and helps keep your mouth healthy. When you remove your dentures at night, it is best to store them in a small amount of water to prevent them from warping.

My upper denture fits fine, so why am I having problems with my lower denture?

The upper denture usually has much greater adhesive strength to hold it in place. There is much less gum support in the lower jaw, so your lower denture may feel more wobbly as it needs to be balanced between your cheeks and tongue.

Should I use denture stabilizer?

Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth and you don’t need a denture fixer. However, some people choose to use a fixative to give them extra confidence or if their dentures begin to loosen before they are replaced. A poorly fitting denture can cause irritation and sores. This can usually happen if you’ve had ‘temporary’ dentures for a while.

Do I need to do anything special to take care of my mouth?

Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and mouth with a soft brush every morning and evening. This eliminates plaque and helps blood circulation in your mouth. In temporary partial dentures, you should brush your teeth thoroughly every day.

This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that can cause you to lose more teeth. Your dentist may refer you to a hygienist to regularly clean your remaining natural teeth.

How do I take care of my prostheses?

Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.

The general rule for cleaning your dentures is this: brush and wet them daily. Brush your dentures first to help remove bits of food. Use a non-abrasive denture cleaner, not toothpaste. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this can cause dents in the surface.

Be sure to brush all surfaces of dentures, including the one that fits your gums. This is especially important if you use any type of denture fixer.

Soak your dentures in denture cleaning solution daily. This will help remove any remaining plaque and stubborn stains. It also disinfects your prostheses and keeps them more robust.
Do not wear your dentures overnight unless there are specific reasons to wear them.

If you notice stains or calcification, have your dentist clean your denture.

How many years can I use my prostheses?

If you take good care of your dentures, they should last for several years. However, due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth, your dentures may need to be relined or redone. Bone and gingival prominences can shrink, causing your jaw to fuse differently. Loose dentures can cause discomfort and health problems, including wounds and infections. A loose or poorly fitting denture can make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures without causing problems.

How often should I see my dentist?

Regular dental checkups and having your teeth professionally cleaned are essential to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Regular visits allow your dental team to check the soft parts of your mouth, including your tongue and cheeks. These examinations are important so that the dentist can detect any infection, oral condition and even oral cancer at the earliest stages.

If you have a full denture, check with your dentist how often you should visit. With regular professional care, a positive attitude and perseverance, you can be one of the millions of people who wear dentures with a smile.

Are prostheses my only option?

No. Bridges and dental implants are other options for you. You can call our dentist for more information.

With our Dental Prosthesis Laboratory in Dent Art Port Bodrum Dental Polyclinic, your prosthesis can be made quickly and your treatment is planned in the easiest way.

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