Dentures in Bedford
A denture is a removable appliance used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as 'false teeth', a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function, and often improves a person's appearance.
Dentures are custom-made to fit the individual. They are designed to look completely natural and it should not be possible for anyone else to detect that you are wearing them.
Depending on the complexity of each case, the duration of the treatment will vary. After the initial visit of examination and diagnosis, the subsequent visits will include taking impressions of the mouth, bite registration, try-in of the denture, fitting and review.
As in any new situation, wearing new dentures will make you feel a little self-conscious but changes that you notice and feel will not be evident to others around you. If the dentures have changed your appearance a little it is likely that close friends and family will notice the change but will not be able to identify the reason for it.
useful suggestions to help you to adapt to your new dentures:
Eating - Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods and foods cut into small pieces will help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing, include other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Increased saliva flow - You may experience an increase in saliva flow when the dentures are first inserted. this is a normal response of the saliva glands that will return to normal after a few weeks. You can improve the situation by swallowing more often.
Speech - New dentures may alter your speech initially. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will speed up the adaptation process. This problem rarely persists beyond two weeks.
Sore spots - minor irritation caused by the surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas are quite common. Your dentist will relieve the discomfort by adjusting the denture surface. Stop wearing the denture if the irritation is very painful. Consult your dentist immediately.