What are dentures?
A denture is a removable plate that holds a single tooth or more in place. If you have teeth missing, they can be replaced with a set of partial or complete dentures that can be removed at any time. At Lyme Bay, our cosmetic dentists can create a custom set of comfortably fitting dentures that can resolve speech and eating difficulties.
Our dentists here in Dorset stabilise the dentures using techniques called ‘smile in a day’ or ‘all on four’, both of which offer fixed dentures, eliminating the discomfort that can occur with removable dentures.
When are dentures necessary?
Dentures are common when people lose teeth for reasons such as accidents, neglect (decay) and illness amongst others. As tooth loss results in bone loss, if you lose a single tooth, you are more susceptible to losing additional teeth. A person with a missing tooth can often appear to have drooping features – dentures can help restore this and help revert your teeth back to their natural appearance, leaving you with a healthy-looking smile.
What treatments are available to me?
There are 3 types of dentures treatment available at Lyme Bay: complete, partial and implant retained dentures.
Complete dentures are required when a patient has lost all of their teeth. These are custom-made to fit you. Your dentist will take an impression of your gums before the procedure, in order for a base to be accurately fitted around your gums. This will make the dentures blend in with your gums and appear natural.
It may take you some time to adapt to your new dentures, as they can feel uncomfortable whilst you get used to keeping them in. Your mouth will automatically produce more saliva as your body acclimatises to keeping them in, which can make it difficult to keep them in place in the early days following treatment.
You can obtain dental fixatives to make the dentures feel more secure in your mouth, however, it is recommended that you discuss this with your dentist here at Lyme Bay first.
These are better-suited to those who have one or more teeth remaining, though there is the possibility of having other teeth removed to make way for complete dentures – please speak to your dentist for more information, as this is not for everyone.
Your dentist will create a prosthetic made to fit based on the colour and shape of your remaining teeth as well as to the shape of your mouth.
Following this, we will then record the colour of your teeth and take an impression in order to create your identical false teeth.
Generally, a metal framework is used to secure your partial dentures though you can choose to have a more permanent solution.
Implant Retained Dentures
It is not uncommon for removable dentures to be uncomfortable and cumbersome – too much so for some patients, who instead, opt for dental implants. Implants are placed whilst you are under anaesthetic. Your dentist will place small screws made from titanium into your jawbone as a permanent solution – these act as your tooth’s natural root.
If you’re anxious about having something foreign in your mouth, do not fear, as the screws are biocompatible. This means your body will bond with them and acclimatise to them being a part of your jawbone, helping strengthen your jaw and promoting bone growth.
Denture stabilisation, otherwise known as the ‘all on four’ technique, is an innovative solution preventing the movement of dentures in your mouth and in turn, eliminating the social obstacles that they present.
The ‘all on four’ technique (or dental stabilisation), offers an advanced solution to the inconveniences and problems that dentures are the cause of. A small-sized titanium fixture is used as the ‘anchor’ for the denture. Having fixed dentures means you have the luxury of being able to eat the hard foods you enjoy, as your dentures no longer move around in your mouth.
Although having an implant placed is a simple procedure that takes little time, it requires the utmost precision of a trained and professional dentist.
It’s important to choose a professional and experienced practice as the procedure requires precision. Lyme Bay can offer you this collective experience as well as a friendly approach. One of our implantologists will talk you through your implant treatment and will be happy to address with any questions you might have.
Following this stage, we can begin the implant surgery – a painless, quick and simple procedure.
Why replace missing teeth?
A missing tooth can be the cause of more serious health complications. The longer a missing tooth is left, the more likely your speech and chewing may become affected in the future. This can have drastic effects on your self-confidence in addition to your health and the way you look.
What are the benefits of dentures?
- Have natural-looking smile.
- Benefit from a durable solution to missing teeth.
- Maintain/restore the ability to bite and chew properly.
- Your speech will be improved.
- Your remaining teeth will have more support and in-turn, be healthier.
What happens after I have my dentures fitted?
In order to maintain healthy dentures, you need to make sure you’re looking after them. Just like normal teeth, they need to be brushed for two minutes twice a day to stop them from getting dirty, as they’re now a permanent part of your body. Dentures can still provide an area where bacteria can thrive, so it’s important to keep them clean to prevent this from happening.
You can take advantage of the removable benefit of dentures. As they’re removable, they are easier to clean thoroughly. Ask your dentist about the special denture paste specifically for cleaning dentures. Be sure to rinse and soak your dentures after cleaning. Place them in an approved denture cleanser (we can recommend this).