Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. They're designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, and are made from a variety of materials, including acrylic, nylon, and metal. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, today's dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than ever.
Dentures have been used for centuries, with the earliest known set dating back to 700 BC!
The first step towards getting dentures is a consultation with your dentist in Bristol. During this appointment, Dr. Sinha will examine your mouth, discuss your dental history, and determine whether dentures are the right solution for you. If dentures are recommended, impressions of your mouth will be taken. These impressions are used to create a model of your mouth, which is used to design your custom dentures.
Once your dentures are ready, you'll return to our office for a fitting. During this appointment, Dr. Sinha will place the dentures in your mouth and check for proper fit and comfort. It's normal for dentures to feel a bit strange at first, but Dr. Sinha will make any necessary adjustments to ensure they fit comfortably and securely.
After you've received your dentures, you'll have follow-up appointments with Dr. Sinha to ensure your dentures are still fitting well and that you're adjusting to them properly. Dr. Sinha will also provide instructions on how to care for your dentures to ensure they last for many years.
Dentures offer a significant aesthetic benefit by restoring the natural look of your smile. Missing teeth not only affect the appearance of your smile but can also cause your facial muscles to sag, giving you an aged appearance. By filling in the gaps, dentures support the facial structures, helping to maintain the natural shape of your face. This can have a rejuvenating effect, making you look younger and more vibrant. Additionally, modern dentures are designed to look like natural teeth, ensuring that your smile appears as natural and appealing as possible.
Beyond aesthetics, dentures play a critical role in improving oral functionality. Missing teeth can lead to difficulties in chewing, which can affect your nutrition and overall health. Dentures restore your ability to eat a variety of foods, helping you enjoy meals without discomfort or inconvenience. They also improve speech clarity. Missing teeth can cause slurring or lisping, but dentures allow you to articulate words more clearly, so you can speak with confidence in social or professional settings.
The impact of dentures on self-esteem cannot be overstated. Missing teeth often lead to self-consciousness and a reluctance to smile or engage in social interactions. With the restoration of a full, healthy-looking smile, dentures can significantly boost your self-esteem. This newfound confidence can have a profound impact on various aspects of life, from personal relationships to professional opportunities.
Modern dentures are far more comfortable and realistic-looking than their predecessors.