At the practice we have Mr John Stoodley who is a clinical dental technician just making dentures. If you want natural looking teeth or are unhappy with the fit of your teeth then John will be able to help you. Often the talents of our dentists are combined to get the perfect result for the patients.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth.
Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, meaning fewer adjustments are needed. Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed, but may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place. To make this possible, we take measurements and make models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit.
An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly.
A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position, and is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining.
Sometimes we will make implant retained dentures which once integration of the implants has taken place will then clip onto the fixtures.
It is perfectly normal to notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow, minor speech difficulty, soreness or minor irritation.
As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should diminish. One or more follow-up appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness you should let us know so we can adjust the teeth to make them more comfortable for you to wear.
A denture is fragile, so it is important to handle it with care. We recommend that for the best results you do the following: Remove and brush the denture daily, preferably with a brush designed specifically for cleaning dentures, using either a denture cleanser or toothpastes.
Never use harsh, abrasive cleansers, including abrasive toothpastes, because they may scratch the surface of the denture.
Don’t sterilise your denture with boiling water because it will cause it to become warped. If you wear a partial denture make sure that you remove it before brushing your natural teeth so that you can access all the natural teeth surfaces.
When not in use, soak it in a cleanser solution or in water. Get in the habit of keeping the denture in the same safe place to reduce the likelihood of misplacement.
Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of the gums.
The cost tends to be greater, but implants and bridges more closely resemble the ‘feel’ of real teeth.
We can make implant retained dentures which once integration of the implants has taken place the new dentures will clip into place and be held in securely.
As an alternative to bridges and implants, dentures can be used to replace several missing teeth.
It is possible to get either full or partial dentures. Full dentures remain in place by form fitting to the gum ridges. This creates a strong suction that is usually enough to keep them comfortably in place.
Partial dentures often have additional ridges that fit around the natural teeth helping them stay in place. To secure dentures more firmly to the gum ridge, a dental implant can be used.
Implants used for an overdenture are fitted with a ball screw. This allows the denture to be firmly snapped into place.
It takes several visits to the dentist in order to be properly fitted with a denture. The dentist will take several impressions of the gums, and send these to a dental lab. The lab uses these impressions to construct your dentures. On the next appointments you and your dentist will check the dentures to ensure that your fit is correct and that the dentures meet your approval.