What Are Dentures?
Ideally, your natural teeth can be saved with expert treatment and care but, where that is not possible, bridges, dental implants or dentures are all options. Your dentist will be able to discuss each of these options with you in terms of their procedures and cost. If you opt for dentures, these will replace some or all of your upper and/or lower teeth if your natural teeth are no longer healthy or have had to be removed. Whether you are seeking replacements for your existing dentures or need your first set, Damira can expertly fit and create good quality dentures that look like perfect versions of your own teeth.
For many patients, the word ‘dentures’ makes them think of false teeth worn by their grandparents many years ago: ill-fitting, prone to slippage and obviously fake sets of teeth. Thankfully, modern dentures are made to fit better and look entirely natural, thanks to modern techniques and equipment that enable your dentist to create dentures that are the right colour, shape and size for you.
How Do Dentures Work?
To be fitted with dentures, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to create entirely bespoke dentures that are carefully colour-matched to your natural colouring and that are the right size for your bone structure and facial features.
Dentures can be ‘full’ or ‘partial’ depending on how many teeth need to be replaced: if you have one or more healthy teeth remaining in your upper or lower jaw, you may be fitted with partial dentures. These differ from bridges because bridges are permanently adhered to neighbouring teeth, whereas dentures are fully removable. Full dentures are fitted when all of your teeth on your upper and/or lower jaw have been removed.
Dentures can be made with either acrylic or with a metal base, and all of our dentures are specially designed to fit comfortably – we work hard to ensure that your dentures feel as natural as they look.
Will Dentures Work For Me?
Your dentist will be able to tell you about the alternative treatments available, including dental implants and bridges. Those options may not be suitable – for example, if the bone in your jaw is not stable and strong enough to support implants, or you have too few teeth remaining for bridges to work. Or you may simply prefer the idea of dentures to the other treatment options.
Dentures can last for many years with good oral hygiene, though over time you may find that your face changes shape slightly as you get older. This is natural and to be expected; if you do find that your dentures begin to fit less securely than they once did, you should call us to arrange an examination. You may need a further set of dentures to be prepared for you based on impressions of your new mouth shape.
How Long Do Dentures Take To Fit?
How many appointments you will need will depend on the health of your teeth and gums, and on whether you are seeking replacement dentures or your first set. Over the course of your appointments, your Damira dentist will carefully and gently carry out any work that may be needed to make your mouth healthy enough for dentures to be fitted. This might include extracting a number of unhealthy or weak teeth: this will be done under local anaesthetic and teeth are gently twisted out of place with no ‘tugging’ involved.
Once your gums have had time to heal and any swelling has subsided (which could take up to four weeks), your dentist can then take impressions. If your mouth was healthy to begin with and no extractions have been necessary, your dentist can take impressions at your first appointment.
Your dentist will use the impressions to make a trial set of dentures that you will try on at your next appointment; any amendments to the fit will be made and a careful note will be taken of any alterations in size or shape of your teeth will be made so that your final set of dentures will look entirely natural.
If there is to be a significant delay between having your teeth removed or having impressions taken and being fitted with new dentures, we can fit you with temporary dentures to enable you to eat and talk normally during that time.
At your final appointment, your bespoke dentures will be fitted and you will be given advice on how to take care of them.
If you need replacement dentures or believe that you will need dentures in the near future, please call us to arrange an appointment to discuss all available options with your dentist. Please also visit our page on dental implants in case these are of interest to you as an alternative to dentures: our dentists are highly experienced and adept at fitting dental implants and dentures and will ensure that you receive the best possible care whichever option is most suitable for you.