Parvis Dental are pleased to offer our patients dentures in Coventry. “False teeth” or  denture are appliances that you can take in and out of your mouth and are used to replace missing teeth. They can be made of acrylic or metal- cobalt chrome. Sometimes they replace all the teeth in which case they are know as full dentures and sometimes only a few teeth and are called partial dentures.

Reasons to have dentures include improving appearance , speaking and ability to eat .

How long does it take to make dentures?

The process usually involves taking one or more moulds of your jaws and some measurements  followed by a trial fitting before the final denture is finishes. This takes between 2 to 6 visit with your dentist depending on your particular circumstances.

What to expect?

Initially the dentures will feel strange but  after a few days  you will gradually get used to them and adapt with your eating and speech as outlined below.

Useful suggestions to help you to adapt to the new dentures:

Eating – Eating will take a little practice. Starting  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 salivary flow – sometimes you will experience increased salivary flow due to presence of the new dentures in your mouth but this returns to normal after a period of adaptation.

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 – you may  need to return for some minor alterations to your new dentures while you adapt to them .

Care of your dentures

Removable partial or full dentures require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains and looking their best. For good denture care:

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles. You may want to place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so the dentures won’t break if you drop them.
  • Handle your dentures carefully. Be sure you don’t bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning.
  • Clean your mouth after removing your dentures.
  • Brush your dentures at least daily. Gently clean your dentures daily by soaking and brushing with a nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits. If you use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Do not use denture cleansers inside your mouth.
  • Soak dentures overnight. Most types of dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight.  Never sleep with you dentures in at night.
  • Rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution.
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Your jawbones and gums naturally shrink over time and this can cause the dentures to fit less securely. Ill-fitting dentures can give rise to chewing difficulties, soreness, infections and changes in facial support. It is important that you visit your dentist to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated yearly. Your dentures may need to be adjusted, relieved or even relined from time to time to ensure an optimal fit.

With time and practice you will soon learn to eat, talk and smile with your dentures as you would with your natural teeth.