Dentures

Dentures are used to replace missing teeth these can either be partial dentures, or full dentures, depending on the number of teeth that are missing. Dentures can help prevent problems with eating and speech and improve the overall appearance of the patient’s dentition.

There are a few different types of Dentures that are available. Your dentist will discuss all the options with you so that you are able to make an informed decision on your treatment plan.

Below are some of the material options available:

  • Acrylic – these are plastic appliances available on the NHS.
  • Valplast – these are made from thermoplastic nylon resin. They are thinner, longer lasting and more comfortable than traditional acrylic dentures. Valplast dentures tend to be easier to chew with and talk. These are available on a private basis, please see ‘FEEs’.
  • Cobalt Chrome – these dentures are made from cast metal and are best suited to partial dentures as they are one of the strongest available metals that does not irritate the mouth. These are available on a private basis, please see ‘FEEs’.

Looking after your dentures:

Cleaning your dentures:

Your dentist will give you specific instructions for your Denture care. Please see below guidelines on caring for your denture.

  • All dentures should be removed at night. This allows your mouth to breath and
  • Dentures should be regularly cleaned, where possible twice per day. Doing this ensures that plaque deposits do not build up on your dentures, which can cause, bad breath, gum disease, oral thrush, and decay.
  • Your dentures should fit comfortably and stay in place without adhesive, however, if you do feel more comfortable using an adhesive ensure that you follow the manufacturers guidelines on use.

If your dentures do not fit well, or you struggle holding them in place, then please make sure that you see your dentist

  • Remove the appliance and clean it with a toothbrush and toothpaste/soap and water, before soaking them.
  • Soak them in a solution of denture cleaning tablets and water, soaking them will help to further remove any left-over food particles.
  • Ensure to avoid any substances containing bleach when cleaning your dentures.

Night Guards

These appliances are used when a patient is grinding their teeth subconsciously. They provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, this barrier is then worn away, rather than wearing down the teeth.

They can also help to properly align the teeth, which can help with tension and jaw discomfort whilst you sleep.

Grinding teeth can cause several different side effects, not just worn-down dentition. You may be grinding your teeth if you experience any of the below:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Flat appearance to your teeth

Please speak to your dentist if you suspect you may be grinding your teeth. Nightguards come under Band 3 on the NHS.

Sports Guards

These are used to protect the wearers dentition from damage during high contact sports. It is important that these guards are customised for the patient to ensure they have the highest level of protect. Contact the practice today for a FREE consultation.