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Dentures

 

Dentures are removable false teeth designed to replace your missing teeth comfortably, naturally and with full function. They can be made to replace a single tooth or a whole set of missing teeth, creating a comfortable long lasting solution.

Dentures are a non-surgical option, meaning it is suitable for people with unhealthy gums or insignificant jaw bone for dental implants.

For a full denture, all upper or lower teeth will need to be removed before the denture can be fitted. Your dentist will wait around 8 weeks for your gum tissue to heal and then the dentures will be secured in place with adhesive. Once fitted, the denture should sit comfortably over your gums and jawbone.

Partial dentures are used when only a few teeth are missing and usually clips on to your natural teeth for a secure fitting. The partial denture is made with a plastic, nylon or metal plate and the false teeth are secured on that. The partial denture can be easily removed.

 

Implant Retained Dentures

In comparison with a conventional denture, implant-retained dentures can be more minimal and stable with greater comfort for the wearer. As well as comfort, implant-retained dentures leave users with more confidence as they can eat more foods that they couldn’t eat before and their speech quality will improve.

The procedure involves placing 2-4 implant fixtures in the lower jaw or at least 4 implant fixtures in the upper jaw. Once the implants have been placed and have healed, press-stud type attachments can be screwed onto the implants.

The underside of the denture has a housing processed into it, which clips onto the press-stud attachment in the mouth. Like normal dentures, implant retained dentures should be removed at night and cleaned regularly.

Unlike normal dentures, the full implant retained denture procedure can take quite a while to complete and usually involves two surgeries. The full procedure usually takes from 5-7 months to complete but can take up to a year.

 

Get in touch today to find out more and to book a consultation at a time convenient for you.

 

Dentures FAQs

 

What are the different types of dentures?

 

A full denture replaces all upper or lower teeth. Before the denture can be fitted all the existing teeth will be removed. Your dentist will wait around 8 weeks for your gum tissue to heal and then the dentures will be secured in place with adhesive. Once fitted, the denture should sit comfortably over your gums and jawbone.

Partial dentures are used when only a few teeth are missing and usually clips on to your natural teeth for a secure fitting. The partial denture is made with a plastic, nylon or metal plate and the false teeth are secured on that. The partial denture can be easily removed.

Implant retained dentures can provide greater comfort for the wearer. The procedure involves placing 2-4 implant fixtures in the lower jaw or at least 4 implant fixtures in the upper jaw. Once the implants have been placed and have healed, press-stud type attachments can be screwed onto the implants.

 

What are dentures made of?

Dentures can be made from acrylic, nylon or metal depending on the type of denture you have. They can be made to replace a single tooth or a whole set of missing teeth, creating a comfortable long lasting solution.

 

Benefits of dentures

Dentures are an excellent solution to replacing missing teeth. Dentures can improve your smile and confidence, support your face shape and resolve any issues with speech and eating due to missing teeth.

 

How many appointments are required to get dentures?

Partial and full dentures can take between 4 and 6 appointments. The first appointment involves a consultation with Rachel to discuss the treatment and she will be able to give you guidance on the treatment options available for you to achieve your desired end result.

The second appointment involves a Comprehensive Treatment Planning Consultation with Duncan where we would take any necessary X-Rays and explain to you all the possible options available to you to achieve the desired end result. This would then be followed up by sending you a full treatment report in the post which we would then discuss in a review consultation.

Following this, your dentist will numb the area to be treated and remove the necessary teeth depending on the type of denture you’re having. Impressions, moulds and measurements of your gums will be taken to create the perfect fit for your dentures. If you are having full dentures you may be given a set of immediate dentures until the final product is ready as it can take 8 weeks for your gums to heal.

Your new teeth will then be set in wax, helping you get a better idea of how your final denture will look and work. You will then come back for a final appointment where your denture is fitted and you will be given instructions about how you should care for it.

Unlike normal dentures, the full implant retained denture procedure can take quite a while to complete and usually involves two surgeries. The full procedure usually takes from 5-7 months to complete but can take up to a year.

 

How long do dentures last?

Maintaining that there are regular checkups with good oral hygiene, dentures can last 5 to 8 years.

 

How do I care for my dentures?

You will be advised on whether you need to remove your dentures at night. If you do remove your dentures, they should be kept moist in water or an overnight denture cleaning solution. You should care for your dentures like you would regular teeth by brushing twice daily and removing any plaque. Unclean dentures can lead to bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay.

Keeping your mouth clean is just as important when you wear dentures.

You should brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening to keep your mouth healthy.

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