What are complete dentures?
Complete dentures are a full set of false teeth for replacing all the natural teeth in one or both jaws. They are usually made of impact resistant plastic. The base of the denture is contoured to look like your gums, and you can be rest assured that the teeth of the dentures look very natural with modern dentures. Complete dentures are a great way to restore functionality and the appearance of your smile after the loss of teeth through decay or accident.
Why would I need complete dentures?
If the majority of your teeth are missing, and the Dentist working with a CDT feels that those remaining would benefit from extraction, a complete denture provided by a Clinical Dental Technician is your best option to retain your quality of life. Having a full set of teeth is important for many aspects of your life as well as your oral health. Teeth are not only important for eating and speech, but they also provide essential support for your lips, cheeks and face
Without them, your face may collapse inwards making you look older than you are, which can have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem. Having functioning teeth through dentures can restore your confidence, your looks and your health.
You could also consider implant retained dentures.
What's the complete denture procedure?
Your Clinical Dental Technician will give you a thorough examination and consultation before deciding on a course of action.
They will -
- Discuss your denture history
- Understand your needs
- Take impressions of your gums
- Record the way you bite
- Help you choose the denture teeth
- Create a trial denture
- Fit the final dentures
- Offer any aftercare and make adjustments
Complete dentures in the lower jaw can be more unstable than dentures in your upper jaw and your tongue and lips may dislodge them, so it may take longer to adjust to them and learn how to keep them in place.
Will my complete dentures come loose over time?
Most people will find that their dentures become loose over time, and when this happens your dentures can start to irritate the gums and cause soreness. If this happens, you could use a fixative as a temporary measure only and make an appointment to get your dentures replaced. Dentures will last several years, but as the structure of your mouth changes with age they will need to be replaced on average every 5 years.