Dentures

denturesMissing teeth can cause low self-esteem and greatly affect quality of life. There are a number of possible solutions, but many include potentially painful or costly procedures. Dentures provide an inexpensive bespoke resolution that can boost confidence and self-image without the need for surgery.

There are two types of denture. The first, full dentures, are constructed on a removable acrylic base that sits over the gums. Acrylic teeth are built onto the plate to provide a natural-looking replacement for all of the original teeth. Partial dentures are used as an alternative to bridge treatment and fill the gaps in your teeth. This version attaches to the teeth either side of the gap via metal clasps to create the illusion of a full set of teeth.

Treatment benefits

There are a number of reasons why you may benefit from dentures:

• Provide a confidence boost for those unhappy with their appearance
• Reduce the strain on teeth either side of the gap
• Correct a bite and prevent leaning or tilting from other teeth
• Reduce the chances of gum disease caused by bacteria trapped in the gap
• Support cheeks and lips to avoid face alteration

Types of dentures

Conventional dentures are constructed from measurements and impressions of your mouth taken during a consultation. If you are having teeth removed, the dentist will allow the tissue to heal before the plate is fitted. This process could take several months.

Immediate dentures are constructed using the same method but they are inserted immediately after the removal of the teeth. This method provides cosmetic benefits for those unhappy without teeth. However, bones and gums can shrink over time as your tissues heal, this means that they may require relining or replacing once the healing process is complete.

Full Acrylic Dentures
  • Bronze Standard £350 – Plain acrylic teeth and gum used
  • Silver Standard £500 – More selection of shades that make teeth look more natural, gum acrylic is the same as Bronze level
  • Gold Standard £650 – Best natural looking acrylic used for gum, teeth look more natural using wider variety of shades with natural translucency. Special impression trays are used which give dentures a better fit
Full Metal Dentures
  • Thin metal palate reduces gag reflex and speech defect
  • Bronze Standard £600 – Plain acrylic teeth and gum used.
  • Silver Standard £750 – More selection of shades that make teeth look more natural, gum acrylic is the same as Bronze level.
  • Gold Standard £900 – Best natural looking acrylic used for gum, teeth look more natural using wider variety of shades with natural translucency. Special impression trays are used which give dentures a better fit.
Partial Acrylic Dentures
  • Bronze Standard (1-3 teeth £250) (4-12 teeth £350) – Plain acrylic teeth and gum used.
  • Silver Standard (1-3 teeth £450) (4-12 teeth £500) – More selection of shades that make teeth look more natural, gum acrylic is the same as Bronze level.
  • Gold Standard (1-3 teeth £600) (4-12 teeth £650) – Best natural looking acrylic used for gum, teeth look more natural using wider variety of shades with natural translucency. Special impression trays are used which give dentures a better fit.
Partial Metal Dentures
  • Thin metal palate reduces gag reflex and speech defect
  • Bronze Standard (1-3 teeth £450) (4-12 teeth £600) – Plain acrylic teeth and gum used.
  • Silver Standard (1-3 teeth £600) (4-12 teeth £750) – More selection of shades that make teeth look more natural, gum acrylic is the same as Bronze level.
  • Gold Standard (1-3 teeth £750) (4-12 teeth £900) – Best natural looking acrylic used for gum, teeth look more natural using wider variety of shades with natural translucency. Special impression trays are used which give dentures a better fit.
Flexible Valplast Dentures
flexible denture valplast
  • Most comfortable denture on the market
  • Flexible acrylic allows it to withstand pressure from chewing giving you more confidence
  • Extremely durable
  • Lifetime warranty on all Valplast Flexi Dentures
  • Gum and teeth look extremely natural due to its high aesthetic quality
  • Created by leading brand Valplast which means you are getting the best quality denture for your money on the market
  • £900 per arch

Are dentures painful?

Dentures may feel uncomfortable and loose while your mouth adjusts and it’s not unusual to experience soreness throughout this period. As your mouth begins to accept the plate these problems should subside, but you should seek advice from your dentist if pain continues.

Treatment aftercare

Like your teeth, your dentures should be maintained daily to avoid health problems. The first step is to rinse and brush the plate and acrylics, removing any loose food. Next, you should soak them using an specialist effervescent cleaner that will remove stains and decontaminate the surface. While they’re soaking, it is important to wash your mouth thoroughly to remove plaque and reduce the risk of oral infection. Finally, you should brush the plate again using toothpaste to make sure it’s completely clean.

Will I need replacements?

Your dentures should last several years but over time they may become loose due to a change in shape of your mouth. Loose dentures can lead to health problems including infections and discomfort. If these problems occur, it is important to discuss a replacement with your dentist, who will take another impression to ensure your new plate fits perfectly.

By Dr Zuber Bagasi

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