If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture. It is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance. Your denture will be made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove it for cleaning.
Dentures are usually made from either pink acrylic or chrome (metal framework).
Acrylic dentures fit around existing teeth which hold the replacement teeth in position. The benefits of these dentures are that if there are any further losses of teeth, replacement teeth can be added to these dentures with relative ease.
Chrome dentures are made from a metal alloy framework which supports the acrylic used to replace the missing teeth and gums. These have the benefit of being light and have clasps which rest on existing teeth to provide additional stability. These dentures are extremely strong and durable.
Flexible (Valplast) dentures are also an option in certain cases.
If you have missing teeth and require a denture, your dentist will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of both designs and advise you on the most appropriate option.
Looking after your dentures
On the whole, dentures are strong and hard-wearing and should last for many years.
- Have regular, yearly check-ups so that we can check the health of your gums
- Remove your dentures at night, unless otherwise directed, to give your gums a chance to rest
- Clean your dentures daily with a toothbrush or a special denture brush – don’t use toothpaste, denture cream is preferable
- When not wearing it store your denture in water or denture fluid. If a denture dries out it may go hard and change shape
- Rinse thoroughly before you put it back in
- Remember your gums and any remaining teeth still need brushing and cleaning twice as day as normal
For further information on any of these services or to book an appointment, contact us on 01455 842941