Dentures at Oldmachar Dental Care

There are a variety of denture options available to suit your needs and budget. Replacing missing teeth with a denture can help you to comfortably eat a healthy and varied diet, speak clearly, and allow you to smile with confidence.

What is a denture?

Dentures are removable false teeth that fit over the gums to replace any missing teeth, to restore function and minimise potential dental problems caused by gaps in teeth.

When there are gaps in the teeth, you may experience problems eating and speaking, and the surrounding teeth around the gap may move and grow into the space at an angle, which can hinder chewing function. Additionally, when the teeth have room to move, they can loosen which poses the risk of further teeth falling out.

What types of dentures are there?

At Oldmachar Dental care we will work with you to find a solution for your smile that will help to enhance your oral health, lifestyle and self-esteem. As a private and independent dental practice, we have the flexibility to work with the lab and materials that best suits your requirements, including your finances. Our dentists will talk you through all your options, and support you to have the best possible denture you can afford.

Full Dentures
A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. It will fit closely over your gums, and contain a full set of false teeth attached to a gum coloured plate. A full denture will give back support to your cheeks and lips, enhancing your facial appearance.

If teeth are required to be extracted before the full denture is fitted, you may have an interim denture known as an ‘immediate’ denture opposed to a ‘conventional’ denture whilst your gums heal. Following extraction, the gums can shrink and change shape, altering the fit of a denture, so a short term solution might be advised before your explore your long term denture options to ensure an optimum fit and function.

Partial Dentures
A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. Partial dentures are commonly made from plastic or metal, but there are a variety of solutions available.

A plastic denture can be very affordable. It may need to be fastened to your natural teeth using metal clasps for better fit. It can easily be unclipped and removed, but there are some drawbacks to the clips such as damage caused to the natural teeth it’s attached to. Dentures made from metal (Cobalt Chrome Dentures) can be more comfortable, with better grip and less movement, but the initial cost can be substantially more and they can be harder to adapt if there are changes required such as adding an additional false tooth. For a clasp free alternative, that can adapt to any changes in your mouth, there is partial denture available called a telescopic denture. These use a more advanced technology for a superior fit and a better chewing function. These are a bigger financial investment, but the results are unrivalled. We will make sure you understand all the options available to you, and their risks and benefits so you can make an informed decision that feels right for you.

Our dentists will work with a dental technician to create your dentures. The dentist will take measurements and impressions (moulds) of your teeth/mouth, and then send these along with the details of your requirement to the dental technician. The dental technician will then create the denture to your specifications. Depending on the denture you go ahead with, will depend on the number of appointments and time scale required to create your denture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any alternatives to dentures?

There are a few alternatives to partial dentures if you have only a few missing teeth, including fixed bridges and implants.

  • A fixed bridge is an alternative to a partial denture and may be suitable for some people. Crowns are put on the teeth either side of the gap and are joined together by a false tooth that’s put in the gap.
  • An implant replaces individual teeth. It uses a screw, commonly made from titanium, to act like the root structure of a tooth, and is screwed into the jaw bone and has a false tooth attached to it. This can be an expensive procedure, and its surgical nature does entail some risks.
How long will my dentures last?

A well looked after denture can last many years. Due to normal wear, and changes in the shape of your mouth, your denture will probably need to be re-lined throughout its lifetime. Depending on the type of denture you have, will depend on how easily it can be repaired or adapted to any changes. These will all be considerations to think about when you are choosing your denture.

I have full dentures. Do I still need to visit the dentist?

Yes. It’s important to visit your dentist regularly as there can be changes to your gums and bones which can affect the fit of your denture. Poor fitting dentures can cause discomfort, and lead to problems including sores and infections, and/or make eating and talking more difficult. By visiting your dentist regularly you can maintain a good fitting and well-functioning denture.

Additionally, it’s important to monitor the soft tissue in your mouth (gums, tongue, cheeks, roof of your mouth), to ensure a healthy oral environment.

Alongside your examinations, you should also maintain a good oral health care regime, including brushing your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth with a soft brush. This removes plaque and helps the blood circulation in your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day, and you may be referred to the hygienist regularly to help maintain your remaining natural teeth.

If you have further questions or concerns about your oral health,
speak to your dental team. We are here to help!

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