The beginner’s guide to getting dentures

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It’s hard to argue with the fact that dentures can be a bit daunting. After all, you’re replacing some or all of your (possibly not so) pearly whites with removable teeth. Feeling nervous is natural, and this is where education comes in. Yes, dentures can be a little intimidating at first. But with the right solutions they can transform your life for the better.

To help you develop a better understanding of what dentures could do for you, have a read through our beginner’s guide. It covers the three main types of dentures available, and how they work.

If all or most of your teeth have seen better days, you’re probably a great candidate for a complete set of dentures. Also known as full dentures, the set is a customised removable device that can be slipped in and out of the mouth. They look amazingly natural, with the base designed to mimic the appearance of your gums. The teeth are polished to a bright sheen, and are appropriately shaped to suit you. And unlike natural teeth, you can take them out at night – soaking your dentures in a cleansing solution overnight is a good idea to keep them clean and fresh.

If you’re only missing some of your teeth then partial dentures could be a great solution. Designed to fill gaps, partial sets help to fill out the mouth and enhance your smile. They can be unclipped and removed, which makes them easy to use. One option is metal framework partial dentures, which feature clasps that attach onto natural teeth. shutterstock_234983530Another option is acrylic removable partial dentures, which can be a cost-effective alternative to their metal-based counterparts. These can also be smart transitional denture solutions for people who are expecting to have prosthetic treatments like implants in the future.

It can take a few weeks to receive your permanent dentures, and you don’t want to be toothless in the meantime. This is where temporary dentures really step up. They’re a great way to help your mouth get used to the feel of dentures. When you receive your permanent set you’ll be ready to hit the ground running!

shutterstock_284498363Whether you’re a candidate for a complete or partial set of dentures, your dental health professional can help you choose the right solution for your individual needs. And remember, like all new additions, dentures can take a bit of getting used to. But with a good understanding of what to expect, you’ll get used to life with dentures in no time. And best of all, you’ll be able to smile with confidence!

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