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Dentures

At Parkside Dental we offer two types of dentures:

Partial dentures replace one or more lost teeth on the upper or lower jaw. They attach to your remaining teeth with either the cheaper metal clasps or the more expensive nearly-invisible precision attachments. Your dentist can help you choose which option is better for you, and they may recommend crowns on your natural teeth to improve the fit of the partial dentures.

Full dentures replace the entire row of top or bottom teeth, or both. Remaining teeth are removed, and gums are given time to heal before the dentures are placed in the mouth.

Living with dentures

When you first receive your dentures, they may feel uncomfortable or bulky for a few weeks until your mouth adapts. It will also take a little time to get used to putting in and taking out your dentures.

Food and drink

It is also important that you start with soft foods after receiving your dentures, such as porridge or cooked vegetables. Foods and liquids may taste different at first, but your sense of taste will adjust with time. It can also be difficult to correctly judge temperatures due to the insulating quality of the denture, so take care with hot food or drink. Remember to also take smaller bites, chewing evenly on both sides of the mouth to distribute the force evenly along the denture. While the dentures will allow you to eat almost any food, there are some that will be more difficult to manage, like especially tough or chewy food.

Cleaning

A regular cleaning routine will also be beneficial in prolonging the life of your dentures, removing plaque and minimising odour. When brushing, use a soft-bristle denture brush with water. Gently scrub to remove loose particles of food, taking care not to bend any attachments. Leaving your dentures in the bathroom to dry after you clean them will help avoid any bacterial growth as well.

Adjusting dentures

If your dentures don’t fit properly anymore, visit your dentist to have them adjusted. This will help prevent irritation and infections. You will also want to check up with your dentist occasionally for a check-up and have them review the condition of your dentures.