Teeth can be lost due to irreversible gum disease, decay or trauma. Missing teeth can make you feel embarrassed or affect the enjoyment of food. They can also affect your facial appearance or your speech. Your other teeth can move around, making your bite uncomfortable. Do not suffer in silence. Come see one of our friendly dentists at Conway House Dental Practice, who will help you find the best solution for you. If you have just a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture. Other options may include dental bridges or dental implants.
Dental Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are benefited by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of your mouth. Denture’s meaning in layman language is false teeth. Denture’s meaning in layman language is false teeth. They are made from hard-wearing material such as plastic or metal that looks like your natural teeth and gums to give you an invisible restoration. A denture helps you chew, corrects speech over a number of appointments to ensure that it is comfortable and well-fitting. It also gives you the flexibility to remove it for cleaning. The different types and designs can be discussed when you come to see us at Conway House Dental as we will ensure we find the one that is most suitable for you and your mouth.
Well-fitting dentures create a suction effect, and the muscles around your mouth adapt to hold it in place. Sometimes, we can also use the teeth to hold the denture in place using clasps. The clasps can be metal or tooth-coloured. Sometimes, if you are missing all of your teeth, the gums may have become quite flat due to the normal bony changes which occur. This may mean dentures won’t stay in as well. In these cases, we may recommend implant-retained dentures to ensure you can eat what you want and smile in public with confidence.
Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. At Conway House, we pride ourselves in making dentures that are very realistic, natural, and comfortable.
The longevity of your denture depends on how well it is looked after, but generally speaking, they stay in good condition for around 7 years. Having said that, we have patients that are happy with their dentures for a lot longer than that timeframe. The plastic teeth, although very life-like, do wear quicker than natural teeth with the progression of time.
Make sure to bring your dentures to your check-up appointments so your dentist can check the fit and assess how you’re getting on with them. Sometimes we can tweak them to help you enjoy your current denture(s) for longer.
A denture can take between 4-8 appointments to make, with the appointments 1-2 weeks apart. The process must be thorough to ensure that the denture is well-fitting otherwise, you will not get on well with it! Your dentist and our excellent technicians work closely together at every stage. There will be moulds of your teeth taken and records of your bite, there will be try-ins and fit checks. We will also get you involved to check you are happy with how your denture looks before we finish processing it.
Sometimes our patients like to bring photos of themselves of when they had their teeth so the appearance can be mimicked in their denture.
We have lots of tips and tricks up our sleeve to help you tolerate the moulds being taken. We also make sure they are in your mouth for the minimal time necessary. Where possible, we also use our intraoral scanner. This is an innovative piece of equipment which takes a series of overlapping pictures to create a 3D image of your mouth and allow the technician and your dentist to communicate.
We can make immediate dentures, which are made in advance if let’s say you have a loose tooth at the front of your mouth or a tooth that cannot be saved. We can carefully remove the tooth and immediately fit you with a denture. We can prevent you from having to go a day without a tooth! The only drawback is as your gums and bone heal over the coming year, the denture can sometimes become loose and require replacement after this time.
A well-fitting denture means that you will adapt to it well. Initially, it may feel strange or talking and eating may take some getting used to. However, persevering, starting with softer foods and reading the newspaper out-loud can help you adapt quicker. Within days to weeks, you will most likely feel more comfortable. Occasionally, some people take longer to adapt.
You should clean your denture with soap and a soft toothbrush. Toothpaste will scratch your denture. It is important you brush your teeth and floss as normal, as a denture or anything introduced into the mouth can increase your risk of gum disease or decay. You can also soak your dentures in cleaning solutions such as Dentural for plastic dentures or Steradent for metal dentures weekly for 15 minutes if you wish, but make sure to rinse the dentures before you put them back in your mouth. Ideally, you should take them out at night to allow your gums to breath. If you don’t want to do this, try and have a short break during the day where you keep them out.
You should avoid leaving your dentures in strident overnight. It is used to remove the buildup of plaque or any stains on the dentures. Usually, you should keep dentures in steradent once or twice a week.
The cost depends on what material and design have been chosen. The investment for an acrylic denture starts at £450 and for a metal denture £625.
Neither solution is better than the other. Every solution has advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist at Conway House will explain these to you and recommend which would be best in your mouth!
Best is a relative term; best is what suits you most appropriately. Based on your requirements and budget, our dentist will suggest the best dentures available for you.
Conway House offers you a diverse range of dentures and dental services in High Wycombe. Have a look at our Smile Gallery and check the written testimonials by our patients. We would be happy to help you find a missing tooth/teeth solution. Click here to organise a consultation (link) or call us to book in on 01494526578.
Natural-looking upper denture for a patient of ours who was missing his upper teeth. He’s so happy he’s ready for us to see to his lower teeth now.