Dental Clinic Tunbridge Wells

COMPLETE (FULL) DENTURES

What are complete dentures?

Dentures are removable replacements for all the natural teeth in one or both jaws, and are designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. Modern-day dentures are usually made out of high impact acrylic and can look very realistic, natural and feel comfortable.

Why would I need complete dentures?

If the majority of your teeth are missing, and the Dentist working with a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) feels that those remaining would benefit from extraction, a complete denture made by a CDT 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 Dentist or CDT will give you a thorough examination and consultation before deciding on the most suitable type of denture

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.

Your complete dentures will become 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.

If your denture is becoming loose it is recommended that you see a dentist to assess your problem and have a replacement made by the CDT working closely with the dentist.

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