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Dentures are artificial teeth that are custom made to fit your jaws. A dentures can be either complete or partial. A complete dentures is made when all the teeth in the upper/lower jaw are missing. A partial denture is made to replace only the missing teeth i.e. some teeth are present. These may be used for support of the partial dentures. A partial denture may be made with a metal base to give it more strength and durability. You can also have metal-free partial dentures called ‘Valplast® Flexible’.
It takes some time to get adjusted to new dentures; lower dentures more than upper dentures. The tongue gets gradually accustomed to new dentures. Till the time you feel comfortable with dentures, it is advisable to eat only soft food for the first few days. You should place food on both sides of the jaw to get used to the dentures. To avoid discomfort, cut all your food into small portions.
Should you develop sore spots, it is necessary to wear your dentures for at least 24 hours prior to visiting your dentist so that the sore spots are visible.
As your gum tissues keep on changing, it may be necessary to periodically reline your dentures. For more details, see your dentist.
Dentures should be cleaned at least twice a day – once in the morning and in the night. It is recommended that you remove dentures before sleeping in the night. This helps in relaxing your gum muscles. For storing purpose, the dentures should be put in water to avoid warping.
If you are still not comfortable with your dentures or if they are very loose; then implant dentures may be right for you. Dental implants are first placed in the bone and then dentures are constructed over them with special attachments. This appliance is also called an over-denture. It gives a lot of support for a denture and helps to hold it in place securely so that your denture won’t move while chewing. It can give patients who were previously on a soft diet a much improved chewing efficiency.