Do you need to replace a missing tooth or teeth? Whether you have a single tooth or all of your teeth need to be restored, dentures are the most cost-effective option.
Even if you’re considering dental implants later on, dentures offer an interim solution until a permanent treatment is accessible.
Who Wears Dentures?
Are you someone with a genetic or medical condition that is more susceptible to tooth decay?
Have you experienced severe damage to your teeth, making them non-restorable?
Dentures provide efficient and affordable solutions for replacing multiple teeth at one time.
A denture can be your long-term restorative choice or a temporary answer while you’re preparing for implants in the future. The decision is a personal one and we’ll be here to guide you through the decision-making process.
Types of Dentures
Acrylic Partial Dentures
A partial denture replaces several teeth at a time. The arch-shaped base conforms around your existing teeth, preventing any unnecessary dental extractions.
Partials are more streamlined in shape, as they don’t cover the full roof of your mouth. In some cases, teeth can be added to them later, should you lose a tooth in the future.
Metal Frame Partial Dentures
As with the acrylic partial denture above, it replaces several teeth at a time and the arch-shaped base conforms around your existing teeth, preventing any unnecessary dental extractions.
Metal partials have a series of clasps that help stabilise the denture by supporting it on the existing teeth.
Full “plates” replace all your upper or lower teeth in a single appliance.
It rests directly against your gum tissues, creating a suction to help hold it in place.
If you have any existing teeth in that arch, they will need to be extracted first.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants can be placed at strategic points in your jaw, providing a secure base for the denture to attach itself to.
In most situations, a full-arch denture may only need 4-6 implants in total.
An implant denture can be one that’s stabilised (removable) or permanently attached in place (only the dentist can remove it).
Dentures Care and Maintenance
Just like your natural teeth, your new set of dentures requires a daily hygiene routine too.
We’ll provide you with a care pack, instruction sheet and several product samples to try as you determine what works best for your lifestyle.
The most important thing to remember is to brush your denture regularly, soak them overnight in a cleansing solution (with the appropriate type of product) and to keep it as hygienic as possible.
Advanced Denture Technology
Today’s technological resources allow us to create custom dentures that look and feel as natural as possible. With a variety of shades to choose from, you can customise your prosthesis to look realistic, rather than fake.
Adapting to your new “plate” does require a bit of time and practice. We’ll guide you through the process to show you how to wear your denture comfortably each day.
Or if you like, we can use dental implants to permanently anchor your denture so that it doesn’t slip or drop while you’re eating.
Which denture is right for me?
The type of denture you choose will depend on how many teeth are missing, the number of healthy teeth you’re able to retain and what future goals you have for your smile.
We’ll discuss the best options with you and make recommendations based on what’s appropriate for your individual situation.
For custom dentures, request your consultation today at Brentford Dental!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it hard to eat with dentures?
For some patients, it can take some time to get used to their new denture. Although you may experience some discomfort initially, over time you will feel more comfortable wearing your new denture.
When you bite down or chew, your denture may slip out of position. Some types of foods such as nuts and seeds, can get stuck under your dentures and cause some discomfort.
To avoid these problems, it’s a good idea to choose easy-to-eat foods when your dentures are new. We also encourage you to eat soft foods and cut them into small pieces to make chewing easier. To keep your denture stable, aim to chew your food with both sides of your mouth at the same. And find a denture adhesive (for full or partial acrylic dentures) that will help keep it in place.
Is speaking different when wearing dentures?
Speaking can be a bit challenging when you’re wearing a new denture. The fact you have a dentre can certainly interfere with speech. Learning how to move your tongue around the dentures to form the correct sounds can be challenging. Some people find it may slip with certain sounds or phrases. For most people, speaking with dentures will become easier with time.
How can I tell if my denture needs to be adjusted or relined?
We often hear patients say, “My denture doesn’t fit well anymore.” Yes, it is something that happens with time, as our body changes, and is often triggered by a change in medication or aging.
If your denture feels loose, shifts out of place or causes soreness in your mouth, arrange an appointment with us.
We may need to re-line the base or adjust it. Since our mouths can change over time, occasional adjustments are completely normal.
How do I keep my dentures from slipping?
Occasionally, your dentures may slip out of position. This can sometimes happen when you smile, laugh, eat, talk or cough. If your new denture slips out of its proper place, gently reposition it by biting down and swallowing. Full and partial acrylic dentures require a paste to help keep them in place.
Over time, you’ll be able to hold your denture in place with the muscles in your cheeks and tongue. A denture that fits properly should not require adhesives, powders or paste. If you’re having difficulty getting your appliance to stay in place, please contact our practice.
Do you offer implant-supported dentures?
In addition to permanent restorations, implants can be used to stabilise a partial or full denture.
That way your prosthesis feels more secure throughout day-to-day activities.
Instead of relying on gooey adhesives or pastes to keep your appliance in place, the implants will secure it in place, so you can speak and eat confidently.
An All-On-4 or All-On-6 implant solution for your dentures, gives you predictable everyday wear.
Have Missing Teeth or Denture Troubles?
If you are looking for a solution to your missing teeth, or denture dilemma, you can ask us for a FREE CONSULTATION to find out if dental implants may be a suitable option to stabilise your denture.