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Complete Dentures: Your Questions Answered

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This article answers some common questions you may have about being fitted with a set of complete dentures. Read on to find out everything you need to know!

What is a complete set of dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic replacements for all the teeth in your mouth. A complete set of dentures is a dental appliance designed to replace all the natural teeth present in an arch (upper or lower). As well as looking aesthetically pleasing, complete dentures are functional. They are designed to help you eat and speak properly.

Why would you require a complete set of dentures?

There are many reasons why a patient might require a complete set of dentures.

  • If you have lost teeth or bone as a result of gum disease.
  • If you have a tumour in your jaw, you may require a full set of dentures to enable chewing and speaking.
  • If you have lost all your natural teeth or if they are too severely damaged to be repaired.

What are the advantages of a complete set compared to a partial set of dentures?

A full set of dentures has many advantages over a partial denture. These include:

  • They replace all your teeth and prevent further bone loss
  • Their weight enables them to be supported by the jawbones, reducing your risk of injury or discomfort
  • They will fit more securely than a partial set of dentures

What is involved in having a full set of complete dentures made?

A full set of dentures usually begins with an impression, which may be taken either in the dentist's surgery or at home using self-curing material. Your dentist will take care when taking the impression to ensure that it is accurate and detailed enough to produce your set of dentures.

After this, you will be asked to return for a follow-up appointment where your dentist should use the impression to construct a wax model of your mouth. You may need further appointments if any changes are required; these might include adjustment to the wax model or a new set of impressions.

What care will you need to give your complete dentures?

Complete dentures require special care. Dentists typically recommend that you clean your false teeth with a soft toothbrush and standard toothpaste or a rinse designed for this purpose. It is also essential to regularly check whether your dentures fit properly and fasten securely. If they do not, it may be time for a follow-up appointment with the dentist who fitted them.

To find out more, contact your dentist today.