What can I do about my lost teeth?

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The loss of your teeth can have negative effects on your self-confidence, your ability to chew food and your bite. Since your teeth provide structure and support to your cheeks, tooth loss can result in the sagging of your cheeks and give the appearance of premature ageing. It is essential to your oral health that your missing teeth are replaced as soon as possible.

Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth. They are designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. Modern-day dentures can look very realistic, while feeling natural and comfortable.

It is important to work with closely with a dentist who is experienced in fitting dentures to achieve the result you want, such as those at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham.

How do I look after my dentures?

It is very important to keep your dentures clean. Removing your dentures at night will give your mouth some ‘resting’ time, so your gums can be given the chance to be exposed to your natural saliva, which will keep them healthy.

It is recommended that you brush your dentures and soak them in a glass of cold water when you aren’t wearing them at night. You can add special cleaning tablets to the water to make sure they stay as clean as possible.

You must always brush your dentures before putting them back into your mouth. If your dentures begin to collect debris or stains that you cannot remove by normal brushing, your dentist or hygienist will be able to professionally clean your dentures for you.

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It is important to visit your dentist regularly to ensure that your dentures are in good condition and continue to fit your gums, as the shape of your gums and underlying bone can change with time.

Dentures procedure

On your first appointment, your dentist will assess your dental needs and thoroughly examine your mouth for suitability for dentures. In some cases, some of your existing teeth may need to be extracted, or you may need treatment to get your gums into good health before starting any treatment.

A mould of your gums will be taken and used as a model to fabricate your dentures to fit the contours of your mouth exactly. A dental technician will make your dentures to your dentist’s exact specifications.