Periodontal disease, injury and tooth decay can all cause a loss of your natural teeth. However, we can bring back the smile on your face, using dentures to restore your missing teeth.
Complete and Partial Dentures
Complete dentures cover the patient’s entire jaw while partial dentures, with their metal framework, replace multiple missing teeth. Ask our dentist to see which type would be right for you. The majority of our dentures are mainly made of acrylic but, if suitable, there are metal chrome dentures available also.
Types of Denture
Depending on your needs, we offer the following kinds of denture:
These are made of pink plastic and are the most common kind of denture, available on the NHS. They are mainly supported by the gums but may have clasps added to help retain their position. Acrylic dentures need to be cleaned daily just like teeth need to be cleaned to avoid the build-up of bacteria on their surfaces. You can use your toothbrush and toothpaste or use specially made denture cleaning agents.
2) Chrome cobalt
These dentures have a metal base plate or framework that sits on and around the natural teeth, onto which denture teeth are attached by acrylic. They have more stability and retention than acrylic dentures and are more comfortable. They are easy to adapt to, more hygienic and very strong.
These flexible dentures are very popular as they fit neatly into the mouth and are virtually invisible. They blend in well with the natural appearance of the gums and do not require unsightly metal clasps to keep them in place. They are also hypo-allergenic. Although they are more expensive, the benefits make it worthwhile.
Denture placement can be completed in four visits.
- At the initial appointment, an impression will be taken.
- At the second appointment, the doctor will adjust the bite to ensure a proper fit.
- At the third appointment, you will receive your new dentures.
Any adjustments to the fit of the appliance will be sent to the lab for final processing. It may take some time to adjust to your dentures. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these regular activities will resume normally once you are accustomed to your dentures.
If you experience sore spots while you are adjusting to your dentures, call the surgery. Proper oral hygiene is important. You may clean your dentures by using toothpaste and either a regular soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush.
Your dentures and gums should be checked at least once a year.