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We are proud of the natural, lifelike dentures we provide and the difference they can make to how people eat and laugh. We'll explain everything you need to know about the process. We'll involve you - to get them working perfectly and looking just right.
Read on to answer your general questions about dentures.
What is a denture?
Dentures (sometimes called a plate or "false teeth") are a method of replacing missing teeth. A denture is removable - it is not fixed permanently in the mouth.
What types of denture are there?
There are two types. A partial denture replaces a number of missing teeth. It fits in between you natural teeth and may use some of them for support - using clasps or clips. The recent TV adverts for Poligrip Partial give a good explanation of how a partial denture works. A full denture replaces all the missing teeth in the top or bottom of the mouth.
Dentures may be acrylic (gum and tooth coloured plastic material - shaped and shaded to make them look natural) or they can be acrylic on a metal substructure of chrome cobalt. The metal gives greater strength and so might be recommended for certain situations e.g if you have a very strong bite.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dentures?
Dentures are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. No surgery is required and a skilled technician can make a denture look so natural it's hard to tell from the real thing. Your first denture may take a little getting used to but for many, many people a denture is a convenient and affordable way to replace the teeth they have lost.
Dentures are removable and for some people, this is the big disadvantage. A denture should be left out over night and not everyone is happy for their partner to see them "without their teeth". A poorly fittng denture can move or allow food to become trapped. This can be stressful when you laugh or eat - especially in social situations. Some of these potential problems should be overcome by well made dentures. Using implants to stabilise a denture can also make a big difference.
Why would I choose a denture over something fixed - like an implant or a bridge?
It doesn't have to be an either/or choice for implants because dentures can be stabilised using implants. Ian and Michael will explain all your options but you may feel an implant is not for you. In Ian's hands placing an implant is swift and straightforward but the thought may make you nervous just the same.
Bridges are supported by natural teeth. Although good bridge design will reduce the stress on these teeth, if they too give up the ghost, increasingly complicated solutions are required. Depending on your particular dental situation you may decide that a denture is a better solution than a bridge.
Will my dentures look false?
They can do but this really does depend on the skill of the lab technician and our dentists, Sarah Ian and Michael. Our dentists will listen very carefully to your requirements. Some patients bring us a picture of their smile 20 years ago and say "that's what I want". Others say that they want a "spruce up" but for their teeth to look a little lived in - so staining and shading recreates their lived in look. If you have a diastema (a gap between your front teeth) and that's you - we'll reproduce the diastema in your denture. It is a hugely personal thing and we understand that.
What if I lose more teeth?
Dentures can have additional teeth added quite easily. Again depending on your dental situation, this may be an important factor in choosing to have a denture.
Will I need to use denture fixative?
Not at first but just like everything else, your mouth changes over time. As time passes, your body will reabsorb the bone around the area without teeth (you don't need it to hold your teeth in any more, so your body reabsorbs it for use elsewhere). Your denture will become looser and you may find fixative helps stabilise it.
Often this loose feeling is why people come to see us again after successfully wearing dentures for many years. A new denture may be the answer but a reline of the old one may be a better solution.
Its my first denture - will it feel strange?
It will feel different to your natural teeth. However finely made, it is something new in your mouth and it will take a little getting used to.
How do I look after my denture?
You should treat your denture just as you would your natural teeth. Read Ian's blog for more advice on keeping your denture clean.
Call us now to see how our skilled Cheltenham dentists can help you. Use our BOOKING FORM or call us on Cheltenham 01242 512444.