Dentures or false teeth are removable teeth that are often made from acrylic, plastic, metal or nylon.
Designed to fit nicely over your gums, they are a tried and tested, traditional way of replacing missing teeth.
It goes without saying that over the last few years the cosmetic denture procedure has advanced to be more effective.
However, many patients are now instead beginning to turn to implant dentistry for permanent tooth replacement options that promote a good oral foundation.
Take a look at your options below to find the best tooth replacement solution for your oral health condition today…
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There are different types of dentures; they can either be a full denture (used in circumstances where a patient is missing all of their teeth) and partial dentures (used when patients are only missing some teeth).
Here at The Perfect Smile, we craft our cosmetic dentures as carefully as we would create a new smile with veneers or implants.
Our technology has helped improve the look, feel and function of dentures. Read more about them here.
OR, why not try snap-on smiles?
There are two main types of denture material:
- Acrylic (or plastic) dentures
- Cobalt-Chromium (or metal-based) dentures are advised when at least some teeth are present
Advantages of Cobalt-Chromium Dentures
- Better chewing (more stable; less movement of the denture)
- Food more enjoyable (less coverage of the mouth)
- Stronger (metal is very hard, plastic can fracture)
- Lighter and thinner (plastic is bulkier)
- More comfortable
- More healthy (less gum coverage possible)
How do they work?
Over a period of a few months, whilst we wait for the gums and bones to reach a nice stable shape, a conventional full denture will be able to be made.
This can take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks once the teeth have been lost from the mouth.
However, patients are often provided with an immediate denture, which will not fit the gum tissue as closely as your final conventional denture.
NHS dentures vs private practices
Whilst the NHS offers a great system for those unable to afford private options, it certainly does have its limitations.
Believe it or not, but making a denture takes a lot of time and money and as the NHS can often not pay dentists appropriately, this is where the problems in quality begin to arise.
The average clinical time for an NHS dentist to create a denture is 1hour and 15 mins, compared to a private dental practice that would typically spend around 7 hours on this.
NHS dentists who have limited time may then cut corners, which can affect the overall quality of the teeth, materials and bite impressions.
At our private practice, you can expect to pay from £750 for a full set of new teeth.
Dentures can reduce life expectancy by 10 years
Malnutrition is a major problem faced by elderly people whose bite force is reduced by 75% in the first 5 years of wearing dentures and a shocking 97% after 15 years – Newswire
Facts to know:
- Dentures deplete jaw bone health
- Loss of bone is often present in the jaw
- Healthy teeth can bite down with 200 pounds per square inch, whereas denture wearers can only cope with 50 pounds
- After 15 years of wearing dentures, your biting force is only six pounds
- Patients have to adjust their diets
Alternative restorative treatments
- Bridges: A bridge is a false tooth, often referred to as pontic, which is kept securely in place by two abutment teeth on either side of the gap. These pontics can be made from multiple materials such as gold, ceramic or porcelain is often the most favoured choice. With four main types of dental bridges designed to suit various missing tooth cases, you can expect to replace missing teeth easily and swiftly from £1,200. Learn more.
- Dental implants: Implants are probably the most popular tooth replacement treatment, this is because it is long-lasting, durable and permanent. Because implants use only the best of materials and techniques like porcelain crowns and a titanium screw that works like a tooth root, implant dentistry will cost you £1,250 for the implant placement and from £1,200 for the post or crown. Learn more.
Denture FAQ mini-guide:
- Are dentures better than implants? It is in our cosmetic and restorative dentist’s professional opinions that implants are better than dentures, this is because they encourage a sufficient amount of jaw bone, which contributes to an overall good standard of oral health. Implants also last longer, provide patients with easier chewing and speech ability without restricting their diets.
- Are dentures really that bad? Dentures can certainly be lived with, but as mentioned above they deteriorate the health of the jaw bone over time, which means restrictions on diet will be required for a patient’s comfort. For some patients, loose and uncomfortable dentures can be unbearable and embarrassing.
- Will dentures affect the way a person looks, feels, eats, and speaks? Yes. Dentures will affect your diet and your speech. However, patients who have been wearing dentures for some time can get used to them.
- How do you clean and care for your dentures? Remove your dentures daily, soak them and brush them with a nonabrasive denture cleaner and a soft brush. If you are using a dental adhesive, clean the grooves to remove any remaining.
Missing teeth: DO NOT IGNORE GAPS!
Regardless of the treatment, you opt for, finding the right solution to restore gaps in your mouth is crucial.
Missing teeth do not only cause a variety of problems such as low confidence, difficulty speaking and eating, but they hugely affect the aesthetics of your face as well as your oral condition.
Patients, who ignore gaps in their mouth for more than six months often experience further oral difficulties like gum disease, an insufficient amount of jaw bone, which can consequently lead to further tooth loss.
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