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One of the most common reasons why people suffer from dental phobia is because they are embarrassed about the state of their teeth. Many people fear visiting the dentist because they cannot face the thought of hearing the diagnosis: especially if that diagnosis is very likely to be lengthy, involve lots of painful treatment and, ultimately, be expensive.

The problem for many of these people is that unhealthy teeth are harder to look after. They are likely to deteriorate even further and they may make eating and chewing more difficult. The longer they avoid the dentist, the harder it becomes to salvage their existing teeth.

What are dentures?

Dentures are a set of false teeth that enable individuals to eat naturally and smile with confidence. You can have either a complete set of dentures or a partial set – depending on how many teeth you are missing and how many need to be replaced.

Will I notice a big difference?

It depends on how bad your teeth were in the first place, before your dentures were fitted. You will certainly notice a difference in eating and you might find it quite difficult at first. You may also find it difficult to pronounce some words. Don’t worry, you haven’t suddenly acquired an inability to speak – you will just have to give your mouth time to get used to the new shape of the dentures.

Some people also notice that dentures make a difference to their facial appearance. It isn’t usually something we notice until we start to lose our teeth, but they play a significant role in facial balance, enhancing our cheeks and giving extra definition to your face. Of course, if you’ve lost your damaged and rotten teeth and replaced them with dentures, you’ll have a better smile too.

What does the procedure involve?

A badly fitted denture can make life really difficult. Therefore, it is worth investing the time to ensure you dentist can do the best job possible. It may require a number of visits (sometimes up to five), so that your dentist can accurately determine the natural shape of your bite, jawbone and teeth. Your dentist will often try a temporary denture to check for fit, before fitting the finished article a few months later.

How do I care for my dentures?

It is tempting to imagine that having dentures fitted means you don’t have to worry about looking after your teeth anymore. Wrong. Your dentures will require just as much care as your natural teeth – if not more. Even with your natural teeth removed, plaque will still attach itself to your gums and tongue, so you must brush those twice each day. You will also have to clean your dentures carefully to remove food, while many people also use a special denture cleaning fluid to keep stains at bay. The team at Changing Faces dentures provide comprehensive information on how to look after your dentures.

What questions should I ask my dentist?

If you are exploring the option of dentures, talk to your dentist about what sort of aftercare they recommend. Many people find that dentures can be uncomfortable and abrasive, both when you are initially getting used to them and when your mouth has begun to change shape. Many dentists therefore, will recommend a programme of aftercare appointments so that they can check your mouth and ensure your dentures continue to fit well.

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