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If you are reading this, you may have lost a tooth or teeth, or know someone who did. Dentures are artificial teeth and gums used to replace a lost tooth or teeth. Dentures can either be full or partial, meaning they can either replace some, or all teeth on either the top or bottom jaw. Regardless of what kind of dentures you may need, they will be custom designed to fit your mouth (and yours only), and visually matched to your existing teeth. And no, you cannot borrow someone else’s because they won’t fit!

What are dentures made of?

In the past, the artificial teeth that make up dentures were made out of porcelain or plastic, but more modern dentures are generally made out of a hard resin. The materials used to make denture teeth are known to be more fragile than natural teeth and can easily chip or crack if dropped or otherwise uncared for. This material also wears down much quicker than natural teeth and thus must be replaced with a new set of dentures every five years or so. The supporting structure of dentures that holds the artificial teeth in place can be made from either one of these two materials:

  • Flexible polymer (plastic) that fits snugly on the natural gum line
  • Cobalt chrome (metal) which is generally less bulky (thus, better tolerated), but costs more

  • As there are pros and cons for both options, you should discuss with your dentist which type of denture best suits you.

    Useful tips for caring for your denture

  • When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped
  • Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to deform
  • Brushing your dentures after meals is recommended as food will otherwise get trapped between your teeth and denture. This is to prevent tooth decay or gum disease
  • Remove your dentures during bedtime to “rest” your teeth and gums (just like how you don’t wear shoes to bed)
  • See your dentist if your dentures break, chip or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself — you may damage them beyond repair. We know of some creative people who have tried using superglue on their dentures, you know who you are. As tempting as it may seem, it is best to see your dentist as they will use safer materials to repair your denture. If the damage is minor, you may even get your denture back in just a couple of hours.
  • How long do dentures Last?

    Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. You should get them checked during your annual visit to your dentist.

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