False Teeth – A guide for patients who choose to wear dentures

How to make wearing dentures as trouble free as possible.

Whilst dental implants and bridges can also be said to be ‘false teeth’; when we refer to this, we usually mean dentures. This method of tooth replacement has been around for centuries, though it is safe to say that modern versions are far superior to older ones.

In many ways, dental implants offer a superior alternative but, for reasons of cost and the fact that, unlike dentures,  they require invasive surgery, some of our Clapham dental patients may choose not to have them.

When you have teeth that are missing and you decide to use dentures to replace them, this can present a few challenges, particularly at first.

Your new dentures

When you are first fitted with your new replacement teeth, you will almost certainly find that they feel strange in your mouth. You will probably find that you salivate more as your body will see these as a ‘foreign object’ it needs to get rid of. Speech may also be affected for a little while. In both of these cases, this should settle down soon afterwards.

One of the biggest challenges that new denture wearers face is when eating. They certainly can feel very strange initially, and it may be tempting to remove them to eat. We would advise against this and, instead, recommend that you choose softer foods and cut them into smaller pieces, chewing slowly until you become more accustomed to wearing your dentures. You can then start to vary your diet accordingly.

Looking after your mouth

Most people that have dentures will still have some natural teeth left. It is important that you still look after these, with regular brushing, flossing and scale and polishes at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham. You will also need to keep your dentures clean, as, if you don’t, bacteria will collect on them and may lead to gum diseases and other oral infections.

Unlike dental implants, dentures need to be removed in order for them to be thoroughly cleaned. We will provide information on the best way to do this when you have them fitted.

The wearing of dentures means that, unlike with dental implants, there is now no artificial tooth root for the bone to bond with. This will lead to a reduction in the bone mass which can, in turn, lead to small facial changes over time. It is these changes that can cause this particular form of artificial teeth to become a little unstable and you will need to see a dentist to monitor these changes, and for adjustments to be made, where instability arises.

Should you wish to avoid this relatively common problem, dental implants can be used to stabilise your dentures. Please discuss this with your dentist who will be pleased to explain how the technique works.

Which dentures?

There is a wide range of modern dentures now available and which we supply at our practice. We will advise which options we feel would most suitable for you, following a consultation. Whilst they may not offer the same benefits as dental implants, dentures are still popular, and you can be sure that we supply high quality versions at the Confidental Clinic.

If you would like to discuss the various tooth replacement options that we have available, including implants and dentures, please call our Clapham dental practice to arrange an appointment on 020 7801 9060.