Dentures are removable acrylic (plastic) or metal false teeth used to replace missing teeth. They help to eliminate potential problems that missing teeth can cause while eating and with speech.
On some occasions all teeth need to be removed and replaced. The amount of teeth needing replacing will depend on the type of denture that will be needed.
The two types of dentures are:
1. Complete dentures- a full set- which replace all your upper and lower teeth
2. Partial Dentures - these can replace just 1 tooth or a several missing teeth.
Dentures can help improve someones smile and give them more confidence.
Cleaning of Dentures
It is important to regularly clean your dentures, removing any plaque and food deposits from them. Unclean dentures can lead to problems such as bad breath, gum disease and oral thrush. You should be cleaning your dentures as often as you would normal teeth. Your dentist will advise you on the best techniques and products to use for this.