Why should I replace missing teeth?
First of all, a missing tooth or teeth may make you feel unhappy with your appearance. Another reason is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean strain is put on the teeth on either side. These teeth will start to spread and change your bite. This can lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes decay and gum disease.
What is a partial denture?
This is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may have clips to help keep the denture in place.
How do I look after my denture?
The general rule is “brush, soak, brush.” Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any food debris. The use of an effervescent denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the part that comes into contact with your gums.
Should I take my denture out at night?
It is recommended that you remove your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. If you do so, it is important to leave them in water to prevent any warping or cracking.
Can my dentures come loose when eating?
Yes, however, other options, such as implants, may be used to securely fix dentures in place.