Dentures are prosthetic oral appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. Like bridges or dental implants, which are permanently attached to the jaw bone, dentures use the supporting structures of your mouth to function.
If you are missing a few or even all of your teeth, dentures might be the right solution for you. Your denture will be prepared in a way that it fits securely on the gums but so that you can remove them for cleaning.
At Camden High Street Dental Practice in London, our dentists know the importance of good oral health in improving your appearance and smile. With this in mind, our team of cosmetic dentists and prosthodontists ensure that they create dentures that fit well and improve the smile of their patients.
We help our patients with quality care and we always ensure that there is minimal pain and discomfort when they have treatment with us. Our dentists use the latest techniques and materials to make customised dentures that will fit the individual requirements of each patient.
The different kinds of dentures provided are:
Complete dentures – The dentures help in replacing a complete set of arches when you lose all your teeth. An acrylic plastic base that is coloured to match with the gums having a full set of teeth is usually made from resin that fits over the gums. Our dentist at Camden High Street Dental Practice will take the necessary measurements so that technicians can prepare customised dentures that will fit comfortably over the jawbone and gums. Your London dentist will ensure your dentures are comfortable and give you advice on cleaning them properly to keep them in good condition.
Partial dentures – These dentures are used to replace one or more teeth and can be used if some natural teeth remain. These replacement teeth are particularly made to fit in the gaps that you have and combine with the remaining teeth. These can be fixed to the metal frameworks that attaches to natural teeth to hold them in place.
Implant retained dentures – These dentures are a permanent solution for both partial and full dentures. Denture stabilisation makes use of implants to secure over dentures in place. Tooth implants are small titanium screws placed permanently in the jawbone that act like a natural root for your tooth. The implant will provide a fixed anchor onto which the over dentures will be secured. Implant retained dentures have various benefits over removable dentures and these are:
They will fit properly and securely to the gums
They are less intrusive than other options
They give you the look and feel of natural teeth
You can bite and chew easily by wearing these dentures
Implants stimulate the growth of bones
It may take you a little time to get used to your new dentures. However modern dentures are more comfortable than dentures were previously.
Benefits of wearing dentures:
You can restore your smile
Dentures are extremely durable and last for a long time
They allow you to eat more foods and speak normally
You can remove your dentures easily when needed and at night
They provide great support to the remaining teeth
Cost of dental dentures:
The full dentures can cost from hundreds to around a thousand pounds in London and its surrounding areas. The price of the dentures will depend on the time it requires to prepare them and the cost of materials used. It may require several appointments before the process is complete. Ultimately, the price will depend on the patient and their requirements.
FAQs on dentures:
Do dentures look like natural teeth?
Dentures replace teeth and look like real teeth. They can be put inside your mouth and removed, when needed. Though dentures may not feel like natural teeth, they look natural and should be extremely comfortable.
How will dentures affect my eating habits?
You will soon get used to eating with your dentures in.
Is it possible to sleep with dentures?
Though you can wear your dentures at night it is suggested your move them while sleeping. This will provide both your bones and gums the chance to relax from the pressure of wearing dentures throughout the day. However, you should avoid wearing dentures for 24 hours and always ensure that you maintain good oral health and hygiene. Whether you need to wear partial or full dentures, it is important to take them out at night to rest the gums and other denture-bearing tissues and to allow them exposure to these antibacterial agents present in the saliva.
Can new dentures be painful?
It is quite normal to experience some kind of gum pain during the few weeks after you wear new dentures. This might be due to your dentures not fitting well or rubbing against the gums.
What can I not eat by wearing dentures?
You should eat soft foods only in order to make your first few meals with dentures comfortable. Some of these include:
Mashed potatoes or other mashed vegetables
How long will my dentures last?
Though dentures need to be replaced in time, they may last for many years with proper care and maintenance. In general, the dentists may suggest getting new dentures every five to eight years as they will get worn due to daily usage and your gums may also change shape over the years.
How can I care for my dentures at night?
Rinse and remove your dentures after eating
Handle dentures with proper care
Clean your mouth after you remove the dentures
Brush the dentures at least once a day
Soak your dentures overnight
Rinse dentures thoroughly before you put them back in your mouth.
Can my half broken dentures be repaired?
If the dentures break in half, then this kind of breakage and cause will have an impact on whether the denture needs to be repaired. Your dentist will discuss all possible options while your dentures are being prepared at the dental laboratory.