Prosthodontics

Dentures are prosthetic devices, designed to replace missing teeth, which are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.

Depending on how many natural teeth you have lost, your dentist may recommend full dentures or partial dentures (commonly called ‘false teeth’). If you have lost all your teeth, complete or full dentures can replace all your natural teeth. The process of creating a denture is done through a series of molding or impression-taking that allows for the denture to be properly sized and fitted to your mouth.

Dentures act as a bridge to strengthen the mouth and bite. The dental care provider or prosthodontics specialist (dentist or denturist) will determine whether a full or partial denture is needed depending on overall condition of the teeth, gums and jaw bone.

Caring for your dentures

Clean your dentures every day. Plaque can build up on natural or false teeth. They need to be taken out every night and cleaned using a soft toothbrush followed by a gentle brush of the gums. It is important to clean and massage your gums. If you find the toothbrush too harsh on your gums, you can try using a finger wrapped in a clean, damp cloth.

Soak your dentures overnight. They can be soaked in denture cleanser, in warm water, or in a mix of warm water and vinegar. Soaking your denture will loosen plaque and tartar and make so it comes off easily when you brush.

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