What are Dentures?

Dentures, also known as false teeth, are removable replacements created by dentists for missing teeth. Dentures are supported by the soft and hard tissues surrounding the oral cavity.

Dentures are made from hard resin which is more fragile than natural teeth. They may easily chip or crack if uncared for and would have to be replaced every five years or so.

An annual checkup is advised, since dentures may also to be relined, remade, or rebased over a period of time due to normal wear.

Types of dentures

There are two types – full dentures and partial dentures.

  • Full dentures

Full dentures refer to dentures that replace all of your natural teeth. These removable dentures can be fitted to your top or bottom gum line and secured by suction or with the help of an oral adhesive.

  • Partial dentures

Partial dentures are also removable and can be used when one or two teeth are missing or when natural teeth are not strong enough to support structures such as dental bridges.

How do dentures work?

  • Dentures are custom-made according to the impressions taken of your mouth. The type of denture that is most suitable for you will be determined by the dentist.
  • Full dentures consist of a flesh-like acrylic base which fits over your gums.
  • Partial dentures can either consist of a plastic base or a metal framework which are secured in the mouth by using clasps that are carefully placed around the natural teeth.

Tips for caring for your dentures:

  • Dentures are very delicate and can break easily, therefore, when you are removing them make sure that you place a towel on the surface of the basin or stand over a basin filled with water.
  • Always place your dentures in a denture cleanser or cold water to prevent them from drying out.
  • Brush your dentures every day to remove excess food, bacteria and plaque.
  • When you remove your dentures make sure to clean your gums and any natural teeth using a very soft toothbrush.

At Eagle Heights Dental Care, Dr Suhas Tumkur offers a range of denture work.