Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that you put into your mouth and remove yourself. Adapting to a denture requires some perseverance and they will never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth. The good news is modern dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Which option you need is based on how many teeth need replacing.

How Do Dentures Work?

With full dentures, a gum -coloured acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth). The base of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to allow room for your tongue.

Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Your dentist will determine which type of denture is best for you.

How Long Does It Take To Get Used To Dentures?

New dentures may feel strange or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. Eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual. If you experience irritation, see your dentist.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

As you age and change, your mouth will also change. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a check-up.