A & D Dental Practice Ltd has a dental laboratory on site – meaning we can manufacture, repair and reline dentures fast.
Our GDC registered, experienced dentist can also visit patients in the comfort of their own home to provide dentures and denture repairs. Our practice can now offer patients the latest development in denture technology – iDenture. Read more below to learn how dentures can benefit your oral health.
What are dentures?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. A denture reproduces these missing parts and restores their disabled functions. Use of dentures is common, however this should not be seen as justification for abandoning good oral hygiene. It is important to remember that the denture is, regardless of modern technological progress, a foreign body in the mouth. Your body can get used to it, but you will still need to clean it like natural teeth. Dentures do not hurt, but if they are incorrectly manufactured or becomes loose fitting over time, this can lead to detrimental changes in your mouth. Dentures do deteriorate over time and will need to be replaced. We recommend doing so every 5 years. There are two types of denture – complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when a patient has lost all of their natural teeth. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth still remain.
How would I benefit from using dentures?
If you lose a tooth, this needs to be replaced in some way. Even a single gap can create a threat to neighbouring teeth, as they tend to bend over and attempt to move into the free space. This could lead to teeth sliding out of the bony socket for the root of the tooth, which could lead to further tooth loss over time. Larger gaps in between teeth often cause pathological clashes. Therefore, the earlier a denture is made and fitted, the better. Depending on the existing condition of the mouth, a number of different denture solutions can be utilised.
If I have dentures will I still need to visit the dentist?
It is recommended that patients have a check up examination with a dentist every 6 months, regardless of if they have any natural teeth or not. This is because the dentist can check for a number of different medical conditions that can effect your mouth, including oral cancers and issues with your jaw bones. If you do have a denture, an examination with a dentist offers you the opportunity to discuss with them any problems that you may be experiencing with your dentures. Our dentist is able to visit patients in their own home if they are housebound. It is advised that you visit a dentist if you experience any of the following problems with your dentures:
- your denture clicks when you are talking
- your denture tends to slip, or you feel it no longer fits properly
- your denture feel uncomfortable
- your denture is visibly worn
Types of Denture available at A & D Dental
- Example of acrylic denture
- Cost effective
- Can be made in a short period of time
- Can be relined
- Additions can be made if any further natural teeth are lost
- Can be used temporarily whilst waiting for dental implants
- Denture base is slightly weaker compared to other materials and can break
- Acrylic built thickly which can take some patients a while to get used to
- Require more muscle control
- Less stable and not as comfortable to wear as other types of dentures
- Less retention which negatively effects chewing experience
- Example of chrome partial denture
- Longer lasting material and less likely to break as frame is cast in one piece
- Denture rests on soft tissue and natural teeth helping to protect underlying bone
- Smaller, more efficient design, resulting in better comfort than acrylic counterpart
- Better grip, and improved chewing experience compared to acrylic dentures
- More expensive than acrylic dentures
- Are made of metal which may be visible dependent on placement
- Harder to add additional teeth if further natural teeth are lost
iDenture (Suction Denture)
- Example of iDenture
- Injection moulded to ensure a precise fit and superior comfort
- Match facial characteristics with a great life like appearance
- Do not allow food to collect underneath
- Incredibly stable allowing patients to enjoy food such as steak and whole fruits
- Long lasting durability
- More expensive than alternative dentures due to quality of materials
- Not suitable for all patients