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Dentures normally last for about five years. Natural teeth wear down and stain over the years and your dentures will too. The tissue in your mouth undergoes constant change, therefore your dentures will require adjusting and relining periodically in order to continue to fit perfectly. It is wise to see one of our dentists at least once every year so that any corrective measures may be taken and serious problems avoided. And be sure to see your dentist at the first sign of irritation or frequent sore spots, no matter how minor you may feel it to be.

Denture technology has, over the past few decades, become a fine art. Dentures today are “personalised” to suit you and look completely natural. During the process of making your new dentures, there will be a “try-in”. The try-in is the stage where your teeth are positioned in wax so you and your dentist can preview and discuss the appearance. Changes in appearance can be adjusted at this stage, so you will be happy with the end result. The only noticeable difference may be that some pronounced facial lines will be softened, giving you a more youthful look. Don’t be afraid to smile and be proud of your good-looking teeth.

Ideally, your dentures should be cleaned after every meal. If this is impractical, clean them as soon after eating as possible. Always clean your dentures over a basin of water or a damp towel to avoid breakage if you drop them. Hold them gently between thumb and fingers, never squeeze them in your palm. You should use a denture brush and a good denture cleaner or soap, which you can buy at any supermarket or chemist. Avoid gritty pastes or powders and use only lukewarm water, never hot.

“Personalised” dentures are no longer the preserve of the wealthy. You may be surprised at how reasonable our fees are. At your first meeting the Dentist will explain what can be done for you and exactly how much it will cost.

Any loss of your natural teeth is a regrettable occurrence. Fortunately, it is one which can be remedied with excellent results. The dentists at Watford Dental Practice will apply all their skill and knowledge to provide you with a substitute which perfectly suits both the shape of your mouth and your smile – one which, with the right care, you will learn to live with quite comfortably.