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Dentures (False Teeth): Types, Pricing, Benefits & Effects

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What are dentures?

dentures on the table

Dental dentures also known as false teeth, are an option for people who have lost their teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.

Dentures are a set of false teeth that fit over your gums. 

They’re made out of acrylic and other materials that can look and feel like natural teeth, depending on your needs.

There are many types of dentures: full-coverage, partial-coverage, overdentures (a combination of fixed and removable dentures), implant-retained and implant-supported dentures. 

Dentures can be fixed or removable—fixed ones are attached to the bone with titanium screws or posts while removable ones aren’t.

Dentures can be made in different sizes depending on how much natural tissue is left in your mouth after surgery for tooth extraction. 

Sometimes dentures need to be adjusted after a period of time because they will shrink as they settle into place over the gum line.

Types Of Dentures

dentures on thetable with dental equipment

There are many different kinds of fake teeth available, including complete and partial dentures. 

All require fitting in order to match the size, colour, and form of your teeth. 

Both ordinary dentists and prosthodontists, many of whom also fit dentures, are capable of doing the fitting.

Complete dentures

If you’ve lost all of your teeth, whether, through an accident, an infection, periodontitis, or another medical issue, you can use full dentures to replace them. 

These fake teeth are fastened to a plate that rests next to your gums.

Normally, people cannot see the plates and gum fittings, which can be made of metal or an acrylic colour-matched to your gums. 

Dentures can be kept in place with the use of false teeth adhesive.

Removable prosthetics

The conventional kind of dentures is removable, which also has the significant advantage of being simpler to maintain. 

Dentists advise staying away from meals that are especially chewy, sticky, or firm since they can fall out of position more readily.

Although these adhesives might be challenging to apply, false tooth glue can help keep them in place. 

The average lifespan of removable dentures is five years before they need to be changed.

Flexible prosthetics

Traditional dentures can be uncomfortable to wear, therefore flexible dentures are a trendy option that is manufactured from flexible yet incredibly durable materials. 

They don’t need any visible clips, unlike partial dentures, because the translucent resin matches the colour of your gums.

Furthermore, flexible dentures are lighter and less obtrusive in the mouth. 

They have a five- to eight-year lifespan. 

They can only be used for partial dentures and are more costly than other approaches.

Your dentures will be more comfortable and more attractive the more money you invest. 

What are the benefits of dentures (False teeth)

hand holding dentures inhand

Dental implants are the most natural-looking, long-lasting solution for missing teeth. But if you don’t want to make a lifetime commitment to the procedure, you can opt for dentures.

Dentures are false teeth that replace your own teeth and gums. 

They’re made of metal, plastic, or porcelain and fit over your gums and under your lip to give your mouth structure and function just like normal teeth do. 

They’re removable so you can eat and drink normally.

While there aren’t many benefits to having dentures, they’re still a great option for replacing missing teeth. 

Here are a few reasons why:

  1. You can smile again! Dentures make it possible for you to show off those pearly whites again!
  2. You’ll feel more confident about yourself—especially if you’ve been hiding your smile because of the gap in your teeth. With dentures in place, people won’t be able to tell that anything is missing from your smile!
  3. Your speech will improve because dentures will make it easier for you to speak clearly without worrying about how others perceive your words or pronunciation (since they won’t be able to see any gaps in between).

Dentures Before and After

Dentures before and after

Effects Of Dentures (False Teeth)

Saliva production may rise when you initially obtain dentures, especially immediate (temporary) dentures. 

This is typical and will go away as your mouth adjusts to the new component. Additionally, some people experience brief nausea.

You might find it challenging to eat at first as you adjust to your new dentures. To get used to them, start with soft and liquid meals. 

Similarly to this, you could find it difficult to talk like you did before receiving dentures. As you grow acclimated to your dentures, this becomes simpler. 

To hasten the process, practice pronouncing words that are challenging to pronounce.

Getting acclimated to dentures might occasionally result in mouth ulcers or discomfort. 

This is normal and usually goes away as you get used to it. To address these symptoms, gargle with salt water and practice proper dental hygiene.

When you cough or sneeze, you frequently feel a lot of air pressure on removable dentures. 

They may be moved by this. When yawning, coughing, or sneezing, cover your mouth with your hand to avoid this.

When to adjust or repair dentures

dentist reparing dentures

There are some symptoms that point to the necessity for an adjustment, fitting, or repair of your fake teeth. 

These consist of:

  1. trouble eating after the adjustment period due to chips or fractures in the fake teeth (which can take about a week)
  2. Over time, the fit has changed, becoming less snug (removable dentures may slip or fall out more often, which is normal after several years but requires refitting)
  3. persistent speech pattern alterations that don’t go away after the adjustment time pressure sores where the artificial teeth are fitted, especially after the adjustment phase, and an odour emanating from the false teeth

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Dentures

Advantages Of Dentures

  1. Dentures give you a confident and natural appearance. They give you a polished appearance and a beaming smile. Your entire face’s appearance may even be impacted by dentures. A lost tooth can make your face look sunken down. Dentures can make your face appear bigger and more vibrant.
  2. Even if your gums, teeth, or jaw aren’t in the best of health, dentures are a fantastic option. Dental bridges and implants, among other restoration procedures, call for sound teeth and sturdy bones.
  3. Dentures are simple to care for. Temporary dentures often only need a rinse after meals and can be cleaned inside or outside the mouth. Your dentures can be conveniently stored in a glass of cold water when not worn.

Disadvantages Of Dentures

  1. Food-eating discomfort.
  2. Fit is uncomfortable.
  3. Missing teeth.
  4. Bluish gums.
  5. Enlarged gums.
  6. Oral sores (sores).
  7. Teeth and gum pain.
  8. A gum-related sore with pus (abscess).
  9. Poor breath.

Dentures Cleaning Solutions: The Best Way To Clean Dentures.

Dentures are similarly susceptible to food and plaque adherence as real teeth are. After eating and drinking, dental plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, develops on teeth and dentures.

Food debris can accumulate on your dentures if you don’t clean them, increasing your risk of gum disease and poor breath.

Your overall oral health depends on routine cleanings. You will require the following to keep your dentures clean, a soft toothbrush, water, and a toothbrush with gentle bristles for cleaning dentures.

Dentures should be brushed at least once every day. Even better is to brush them twice daily, in the morning and at night. Nevertheless, avoid using toothpaste when cleaning your dentures.

For removable teeth, many toothpaste types contain chemicals that are too abrasive. These toothpaste have the potential to gradually leave scratches or tiny fissures on the surface of dentures. 

Instead, use a toothbrush with soft bristles made especially for dentures to clean your teeth. Your dentures’ surface won’t get scratched up by using these toothbrushes.

Although brushing is essential, it doesn’t clean dentures by itself. Dentures need to be cleaned properly every night after removal if you want to keep them for a long time.

When To Call A Dentist About Your Dentures

Your oral health depends on having regular dental appointments. Continue to arrange routine dental checkups every six months if you wear dentures. If you have any worries regarding your dentures, you should also call your dentist.

Schedule a consultation if you wear dentures.

  1. experience discomfort
  2. slip or are no longer adequately fitted
  3. create noise when you speak or eat, and appear to be broken or worn out.

Additionally, you ought to call your dentist if you experience:

  1. oral sores
  2. gum disease poor breath
  3. Your dentures may no longer fit comfortably if you start to get mouth sores.

False Teeth Care At Night

If your dentures are out of your mouth and you are not actively brushing them, you should always let them soak in water or a denture cleaner. Create a schedule that allows you to:

  1. Taking out and cleaning your dentures
  2. put them in a bath before going to bed

They won’t warp thanks to this procedure. The dentures should not be placed in hot water. This might harm them.

Cost of Dentures in South Africa

glass with dentures ontop of money

It is not easy to get dentures in South Africa. You will have to go through a lot of paperwork and process before you can get your dentures. 

There are also a few things that you should know about the cost of dentures in South Africa.

The cost of dentures in South Africa varies from one clinic to another. You will find that the price may range from R15 000 to R50 000 depending on the clinic that you visit.

 The decision on which clinic you choose will depend on the quality of services offered by each clinic and also on the price offered by each clinic.

Another factor that affects the cost of your dentures is whether or not you want them custom-made or if they are made using stock models. 

The cost will be higher if you choose to have custom-made dentures because more work has been done on them compared to stock models, which means more materials were used in making them and therefore they cost more money.”

Frequently Asked Questions

You can always submit a contact request if you have more questions or email info@everysmile.co.za

Your dentures shouldn’t hurt, even if they won’t ever feel as comfy as your real teeth. Consult your dentist or denturist if you experience jaw soreness, unequal pressure, or another discomfort.

After around 30 days, those who recently got dentures will start to feel more “normal.” You can anticipate some tightness and discomfort during this period as your mouth heals and you adjust to having a foreign thing in your mouth.

It typically takes some time for patients to become acclimated to their dentures since they need to learn how to utilize them properly. You should eventually be able to eat pretty regularly, but it might take longer for you to get used to eating tougher or stickier things. 

The dentures may be stabilized and held in place while you learn how to adjust to them, and using a small quantity of denture glue (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help.


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monde dyantyimonde dyantyi
11:10 16 Jul 23
I have been using Every Smile Dentistry for a while now. The service that I have received from the Doctors is very professional. Currently the only Dr that I use with them is Dr Somthunzi that is very patient with kids. Thank you for the excellent service Dr Somthunzi.
Janice MarriottJanice Marriott
13:54 15 Jun 23
If I could give 10 stars out of 5 - i would....the best experience i have had ever at a Dentis - Dr Somtumzi and her team are Angels-caring, professional, understanding and more....i am now 59 years old- had my 1st full set of upper dentures at the tender age of 19...which gives me 40 years of Denture Experience.....NEVER have i been treated with such dignity and grace - THANK YOU - in fact ....here are my 10 out of 5...**********
Malaika KuenaMalaika Kuena
11:40 10 Jun 23
Surgical tooth extraction was quick and painless. Thanks to Dr Mthunzi and her team in East London.
Bakhe GatyeniBakhe Gatyeni
13:09 02 Jun 23
Sesethu LeqelaSesethu Leqela
15:49 01 Jun 23
Today I went for braces consultation and the service that I received was beyond excellent,from the receptionist lady, dental nurse to Dr Zungu. He came up with many solutions on how we can tackle my issue and explained the process to the level of my understanding. Everyone at the branch is so welcoming 🙏 and super friendly/kind☺️. Please keep it up 💯!!!
Kimone BooysenKimone Booysen
08:29 16 May 23
The staff is sooo friendly. I have a big fear when it comes to dentists, but my dentist calmed me down so well and talked me through what she was going to do and what she was doing while busy. I had an infected tooth that she extracted. I felt no pain and it was over within seconds. I will definitely go back.
Soso MtiniSoso Mtini
14:01 21 Apr 23
We all dread appointments at the dentist but all my worries were put to rest by the lovely Dr Govender. She handled my tooth extraction with such great care and took time to explain the whole process. I appreciate her being so patient with me. Reception was warm and so helpful. Thank you to the whole team for being so professional and efficient.I can't wait to visit the dentist again!
ncediswa xeloncediswa xelo
11:24 12 Apr 23
Yesterday my daughter went for consultation. Wow she's lost of words explaining the Dr's friendliness, warm heart . It was our first visit I'm sold this is going to be our family dentist. Thank you all for your excellent customer service from the receptionist to assistants. Big up !!!!
Damaine JohnsonDamaine Johnson
09:13 20 Sep 22
Dentist knows what she's doing. I personally had my wisdom tooth extracted. Felt no pain at all during the extraction. Clean, professional and affordable. Thanks to the team at Every Smile Dentistry Selborne.
Leverne StrydomLeverne Strydom
17:54 26 Aug 21
I've been with the Dentistry for over two years now and I don't think I'll ever go to another dentist. Very clean and affordable too.I must say their customer service is exceptional!! From the receptionist to the Dr.I would recommend anybody to support Every Smile Dentistry!!
Bonisile NomanyaBonisile Nomanya
09:39 16 Oct 20
The service was exceptional! She explain every procedure throughout. She cleaned me and then removed the damaged one. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry.
Chesznokov ZunguChesznokov Zungu
11:31 20 Mar 20
I really appreciated the level of care and consideration from the staff. I experienced absolutely no pain and was kept comfortable at all times. I will definitely be going back🙂
Ziyanda CisheZiyanda Cishe
09:26 11 Apr 19
Today I had my teeth cleaned at Every Smile Dentistry. I just moved to East London so I was nervous about starting over with a new dentist. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the dentist was very gentle and attentive. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry to everyone looking for a pleasant experience at the dentist! 🙂
promise sitholepromise sithole
13:49 05 Jul 23
I have to give credit to Musa, the Doctors assistant. He knows how to treat patients. Im not quite sure about the Doctor, she was not friendly at all. No greetings or whatsoever.
tumelo pitsitumelo pitsi
18:34 10 Jun 23
Wonderful place,my son took out about four of his teeth there.
Tshiamo MokoenaTshiamo Mokoena
13:35 05 Jun 23
Experience and treatment was great , Friendly staff, Excellent service.
hildah nhlekohildah nhleko
09:31 01 Jun 23
Did slimming wires and I lost 5kg in 6days...the service was exceptional..the Dr and her assistant were very friendly and explained the process...m very happy with their service...THANX EVERY SMILE DENTISTRY
Mamolefe Bavley MoagiMamolefe Bavley Moagi
08:45 22 May 23
Brought my boy who had a tooth ache got to say they have excellent service and they are very good with kids. Great work
Overall, they offer great service and they take care of their clients. They are all so nice and really kind, they made me feel less anxious and comfortable and would constantly ask whether or not I was ohk and comfortable during the procedure. I 1000% recommend this place!!
Perseverance ChaukePerseverance Chauke
15:25 30 Apr 23
The place is overall beautiful and the reception guys are too friendly. My only issue was the doctor. 1st she didn’t greet or introduce herself I had to ask the assistant what the Doctors name was. Also she was not patient with my son and seemed irritated most of the time. I however have to give thanks to Musa who was the assistant that guy is amazing and super patient he made my son super comfortable and explained every process to me and my son.
Nontsikelelo MpanzaNontsikelelo Mpanza
10:02 27 Mar 23
5 stars is not enough for the service in this place! Truly amazed, my daughter is the happiest girl and would definitely recommend these guys. Warmth welcome from entering till exist.
Tshego MnisiTshego Mnisi
07:43 25 Aug 22
I started my braces journey April 2021 and I must say an exceptional experience it was👌🏾. First and foremost my Orthodontist you really out did yourself Sir thank you. Assistant Doctor and the Receptionist thank you for the kind and warm atmosphere you brought.If you want 100% oral hygiene Every Smile is the place to go🙂
Kagiso NtsokoKagiso Ntsoko
04:23 24 Jun 21
My son and I received an exceptional service, from the lady at the reception, dentist and the assistant. Thank you for your manner of serving and please continue with the excellent service.
Takura MalabaTakura Malaba
01:27 09 Jun 21
Very affordable and professional service. Would definitely recommend.
sbusiso Cindisbusiso Cindi
05:08 15 May 21
The lady at reception is very friendly.. Her and Doctor Mphiwe are stars.. For all your dental needs these guys will sort you out 😊😊
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