Gradual deterioration of our teeth is an inevitable part of ageing – we are living longer and longer lives and giving our teeth more and more work to do. Teeth typically become more brittle with age and can chip and crack more easily. Age-related deterioration is a common cause of the need for dentures.
Other possible causes include accidents, gum disease, serious wear to the teeth and serious tooth decay. Missing teeth often result in a poorly formed bite pattern (occlusion), altered appearance and speech.
Any of these scenarios could result in your dentist recommending tooth extraction, dentures or both.
Dentures are available in a variety of forms, depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced and where the teeth are in the mouth. The available technology and materials are constantly improving, resulting in vastly improved outcomes for those requiring dentures. We do not make the dentures at our surgery but would recommend a dental prosthetist who can attend to this for you. There are many dental prosthetists and many that we work closely with to achieve the best outcome for our patients.
Dentures, like teeth, require care, attention and cleaning and we will assist you in the process of becoming familiar with what’s involved in looking after your dentures.