FULL DENTURE SERVICE
Dr Amy Daley and Dr Leila Haywood have been trained comprehensively in denture technology and design, and have access to leading laboratories and technicians in the field. Whether it's temporary requirement or a cost effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth, our dentists are able to offer complete denture care.
A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and gum. There are three types of dentures are -- complete, partial and implant retained dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, and partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
> complete / full dentures
Complete dentures can be either made after healing, around 8 - 12 weeks after the teeth are removed or made to be placed immediately. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed so that the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. The bone and gums shrink over time, especially when healing after tooth removal, so they require adjustments to fit properly during the healing and are considered a temporary solution until dentures can be made when the tissues have completely healed. Generally dentures last 10 years, and can take a long time to get used. Poorly fitting dentures can make it extremely difficult to make a new set later on when they wear out because the gums become spongy underneath and the jaw bone recedes away.
> partial dentures
A removable partial denture replaces teeth and gums with a light pink base. Sometimes this is connected with a metal framework to hold the denture in. Partial dentures are used when there are some teeth left to hold onto and usually stops them from changing position or drifting. It is very important to clean around dentures and the teeth that support them, multiple times a day, and to see your dentist each 6 months to ensure that the remaining teeth and gums stay healthy. Usually extra teeth can be added to them, if there is instability with the teeth, but if there are too many changes, a new denture will need to be made. There are three types of partial dentures; metal base set with teeth, acrylic dentures with metal clips, and flexible cosmetic dentures without any hooks (Valplast).
IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURES
Implant retained dentures are an alternative to conventional dentures where a dental implants are secured within the jaw, and a well fitting denture is attached over the top of these, so that it is fixed in the mouth, and then removed by the dentist each 3 months for professional cleaning. People find they can eat and enjoy foods because these implant retained dentures are so stable and secure, and they are the gold standard for teeth replacement.
Dentures are made after impressions and bite measurements are made by the dentist, and models of the teeth and bite are sent to a laboratory and worked on with a technician for some weeks. Partial dentures often have a metal framework that is cast out of cobalt chrome, especially for strength.
The Italians and Romans made a style of denture using animal or human teeth and gold bands in the 7th century BC. The Japanese favoured wooden dentures which were carved after beeswax impressions of the mouth. Porcelain dentures were made in the 17th century, and modern dentures are made with acrylic and porcelain.
> alternatives to dentures?
Dental implants can be used to support bridges and appliances, called All-on-4's. They cost a great deal, but they very closely resemble the feel of real teeth and are very well accepted.. Dental implants are the better alternative to dentures but not everyone is suitable to have them placed.
> CLEANING PARTIAL AND COMPLETE DENTURES
Daily cleaning of dentures is required because bacterial plaque and scale called calculus can build up on false teeth, just as they do on natural teeth. Cleaning can be done using chemical or mechanical denture cleaners and your dentist can professionally clean these when you attend for preventive care each 6 months. Dentures should not be worn continuously, and should be left out of the mouth when sleeping to make sure that the gums can breathe and recover, otherwise we risk developing a fungal infection or gum sores.
* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.