Advances in dental technologies and clinical techniques provide patients with many options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. The simplest option of replacing a missing tooth is with the provision of a removable denture.
At a consultation appointment we can discuss options to replace traditional dentures, or to correct any gaps, by using modern dental procedures that incorporate modern Acrylic (Plastic) or Chobalt Chrome (Metal) dentures or overdentures.
The benefits of dentures
- Fill the gaps left by missing teeth.
- Can be used as a temporary solution before considering bridges or implants.
- Eat, talk and laugh again with confidence.
- Restore your appearance with a full set of teeth.
- Choose from a range of denture systems.
What is a denture?
Dentures are prosthetic false teeth supported by a plate that replace missing natural teeth. Their size is dependent upon how many teeth are missing in the jaw, and they are supported by the existing teeth and by the palate and gum ridges.
- A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the missing natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.
- A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing natural teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’.
Modern technology means that the traditional problem of movement, when a denture comes loose in the mouth, causing discomfort and embarrassment, has been greatly reduced.
The latest denture systems offer many people a comfortable and affordable solution to multiple tooth loss that can otherwise take a negative toll on oral health and social confidence.
When to consider new dentures?
- Do you have problems with full or partial dentures?
- Do you want dentures that fit well, feel comfortable and look like natural, healthy teeth?
- Are you prevented from eating your favourite foods?
- Does food get trapped underneath your dentures?
- Do you want well-fitting dentures without needing dental implants?
- Do you want dentures that no one knows are dentures?
How soon can I have a denture after my teeth are taken out?
It may be possible for “immediate” temporary acrylic dentures to be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed meaning you don’t have to be without teeth while your gums are healing.
However, bone and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first 3-6 months after your teeth have been extracted. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need relining, modifying, adjusting or replacing.
Do I need to do anything special to care for my mouth?
- With removable dentures you still need to take good care of your mouth to maintain a good standard of oral hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft brush to remove plaque and aid blood circulation in your mouth.
- If you wear removable dentures, it is also important to maintain a good standard of denture hygiene. This will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to you losing more of your teeth.
How long will my dentures last?
If you look after your dentures and teeth well, they should last several years. However, your dentures will need to be relined, modified or re-made because of normal wear and tear, a lost tooth to be added or a change in the shape of your mouth.
Temporary dentures should be changed to a more permanent solution at the advice of the clinician as they can break.
Why visit a specialist practice for dentures?
Many general dental practitioners offer prosthodontic treatments such as removable dentures, but they may have less formal training and experience and may be limited to using more simple treatments.
At Pure Periodontics our skilled team are the best equipped to fully diagnose, plan and advise on appropriate denture treatments.