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Dentures are false teeth made to replace teeth you have lost due to trauma or infection. When teeth are lost, it can be difficult to bite and chew and cause problems with structure of the face, making you look older than you really are. Dentures are made up of numerous acrylic teeth which mimic the natural teeth. Which of the two will depend on the amount of teeth lost and the overall health of your supporting jaw bone. In cases were implants are not an option, dentures offer replacements for one or multiple missing teeth and can be complete or partial. Complete dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw. Partials replace one or a few teeth.

What types of dentures are available?

Advances in dentistry have made many improvements in dentures. They are more natural looking and comfortable than they used to be. There are two types of dentures, a plastic denture and a metal denture. Plastic dentures are the more traditional of the two and are made from a pliable material which allows for suction. This pliable plastic is however susceptible to shrinkage, which may make the fit of the dentures over time problematic. Metal dentures on the other hand are made from a chrome-cobalt base, eliminating the risk of shrinkage.

When having dentures made, you will have a choice to have your dentures removable or secured. When secured with an anchor into the jawbone, the dentures can snap into place and are subjected to less slipping. This makes them a bit more comfortable.

What can I expect when wearing dentures?

Dentures may feel strange at first. Speaking and eating may feel different with dentures. Be careful when wearing dentures because they may make it harder for you to feel hot foods and liquids and even hard foods. You may not notice biting on a bone from your food or drinking something very hot.

How long do dentures last?

In the beginning we will want to see you often to make sure the dentures fit. Over time, your mouth will change and your dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. Traditional dentures which are prone to shrinkage may need to be replaced or rebased every few years.

Denture problems

Ill-fitting dentures can move and cause sore spots. Denture adhesive may help cut down on this movement. Dental implants may be recommended in some cases. Sometimes your dentures may need to be adjusted or relined.

Oral care tips for dentures:

  • Scrub your dentures with plain soap and lukewarm water after eating.
  • Take out your dentures overnight to prevent sores, infections, and inflammation.
  • Keep your dentures in a denture cleaner overnight.
  • Get in the habit of cutting up your food and chewing on your back teeth.
  • Clean, rest, and massage your gums regularly. Rinse daily with lukewarm salt water to help clean your gums.
  • DO NOT use toothpicks when wearing dentures


Wakesleigh Medical Centre

Address: Wakesleigh Medical Centre,
251 Wakesleigh Road, Bellair, Durban

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Address: Hillary Dental, Hillary Shopping Centre, 120 Stella Road, Durban

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Durdoc Medical Centre

Address:1118 Durdoc Hospital,
460 Anton Lembede Street, Durban

Tel: 031 304 6688

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