What happens when a tooth is lost?
When a tooth is lost, the resulting gap may be unaesthetic. Chewing efficency may be reduced. The teeth opposing the gap and beside the gap may tilt into the empty space over time, which makes it more difficult to restore the tooth. The bone ridge that was holding the tooth will also resorb and shrink over time. As such, its desirable to replace the tooth with an implant, bridge or denture.
In what situation do I consider doing a denture?
Dentures are advised for replacement of teeth when there are no existing teeth. They are also indicated when there are cost considerations, such that implants are not an option, and a dental bridge is not suitable.
How can I maintain my denture?
You should brush the denture every night with a denture brush and keep the denture soaked in water overnight. If you are using an acrylic denture, you can consider using an off-the-shelf denture cleaner. Alternatively, a small ultrasonic cleaner can also help in keeping your denture clean. Do treat your denture with care!