Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic, nylon and/or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace any missing teeth. Dentures can improve the appearance of your smile and give you confidence.
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech. The teeth on either side of the gap will tend to grow into the space at an angle. Depending on the number of missing teeth, jaw bone condition and cosmetic preferences, a number of different options are available including implants, bridges and dentures.
Generally speaking there are two types of dentures:
A complete denture will be fitted if all your teeth need to be removed, or if you need a replacement set of dentures. The denture will usually be fitted as soon as your teeth are removed, however your gums may need to be left to heal and adjust in shape for several months before dentures can be fitted.
If dentures are fitting straight after some teeth are removed, the gums and jaw bone may alter in shape very quickly, and the dentures will probably need relining after a few months to ensure a comfortable fit.
When you first start wearing dentures, you may need to wear them 24 hours a day. Your dentist will advise how best to allow your mouth to adjust to the dentures. Your dentures should generally be keep moist when you take them out. They should either be left in water or a denture cleaning solution. This will stop the denture material from drying out and potentially changing shape.