Why do people need dentures?
People lose teeth for all sorts of reasons inducing illness, accident and deficient care. The loss of a single tooth can lead to the loss of other teeth. Once teeth have gone it results in bone loss. This not only shortens your face and ages it, but can cause other teeth to become loose which are then at risk of falling out. Your features droop and generally appear distorted. Dentures are used to replace the function and appearance of natural teeth, restoring your smile.
Choosing your clinician
- Which laboratory are do you use and why?
- Which procedure are you recommending and why?
- Is it possible to stabilise my denture using mini implants?
- How satisfied are your patients with the results?
What treatments are available to replace missing teeth?
If you have lost all of your teeth then a complete set of dentures will be required. The teeth themselves are usually made of resin and set into a plastic base shaped and coloured to match your gums. An impression of your gums will be taken beforehand so that a base can be made to accurately fit around the shape of your real gums and blend in realistically.
Dentures do take some time to get used to and, since they are held in place by natural suction to your gums, you will need to put some practise into keeping them in. At first it will feel uncomfortable holding this object in your mouth as the body simply won’t be used to it and you will find your mouth produces more saliva for a while, making it more difficult to keep them in place. Dental fixatives are available to make them more secure but it is recommended that you talk to your dentist about it and make sure you buy the right one.
If you have at least one or more teeth remaining then a set of partial dentures will suit you more, unless you opt to have the other teeth removed but this is not always advisable. A special prosthetic will be made, not just to suit the shape of your mouth but also to fit around the teeth you have left and blend in with the colour and shape of them. An impression will be taken as well as a record of the colour of your teeth so that identical false teeth can be produced. While a metal framework tends to secure partial dentures in place, there are more permanent alternatives that you may wish to consider.
Implant Retained Dentures
For many patients removable dentures are just too uncomfortable or cumbersome and they find them to be more trouble to hold in that they are worth. If you are one of these people then it may be worth your while to consider dental implants. Implants are small titanium screws that are placed permanently in the jawbone (anaesthetics make this a painless process) and act in place of your tooth’s natural root. These screws are biocompatible, which means your body will accept them as part of the jawbone and they will even stimulate bone growth and help strengthen your jaw.
Many patients prefer implant retained dentures as they feel more natural and stable. Implants do indeed have several advantages over dentures:
- They fit securely to your gums
- They feel less intrusive in your mouth
- They feel like real, natural teeth
- Biting and chewing is easier with them
- They look natural and will fool anyone
- Titanium implants stimulate bone growth in the jaw
Many people wear and are happy with dentures; however, even the best dentures can be problematic. Over time they become loose, making it harder to talk, reducing the sense of taste, and look unattractive. Dentures may also start to become socially embarrassing as they move or drop at inconvenient times.
Denture stabilisation or as it is sometimes known the ‘all on four” technique provides a more advanced solution. Using small titanium fixture we can provide an ‘anchor’ for the denture. Not only do the dentures then feel and function exactly like real teeth, allowing you to eat hard foods, but they are fixed, no longer moving in the mouth, allowing you to enjoy life with renewed confidence.
The implantation procedure is quick and simple but it requires the precision and care that only a highly trained professional can offer, which is why choosing the right dentist to perform the surgery is vital. At our Faringdon practice we have a team of skilled, experienced staff who will offer you advice and information on the subject and ensure that you receive the best treatment at our dental practice.
Before any treatment starts you will have an in-depth consultation with a professional implant specialist who will go through the procedure with you and advise you on the various aspects of denture stabilisation. Once this is done you will be ready for the implant surgery, which is a quick and painless procedure.
We prioritise the health and safety of our patients, as well as their own personal satisfaction, over anything else. To achieve this we make sure that our implants and prosthetics are made from the finest materials acquired only from the most reputable laboratories. Our friendly staff are specially trained to make sure you are looked after properly and receive the best treatment possible.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Dentures and implants are both acceptable methods to replace missing teeth but it is important that this issue is addressed, even if just one is missing. If your mouth is left untreated then you will notice some undesirable side effects. Chewing and speaking will be affected, which won’t do your self-confidence any good, and any visible gaps at the front will only exacerbate this.
But there also negative effects on your health:
- Your ability to bite and chew food will be impaired
- Support normally provided by your teeth will be gone, causing your cheeks to sag and age
- Your remaining teeth will have more freedom to move and may become crooked or impacted
- Your jaw may become weaker
- You could lose further teeth
Advantages of Dentures
There are a number of benefits that dentures will bring to patients missing teeth. Not only will your mouth look better with a complete set of teeth but you will also find that it makes life much easier:
- You will have a full natural-looking smile
- They are durable
- They allow you to bite and chew more easily
- They help you speak more clearly
- They can be removed
- They give your remaining teeth support
It is a common misconception that false teeth do not need looking after but this could not be further from the truth. Dentures must be looked after as if they were your own natural teeth. After all, you wouldn’t want dirty dentures in your mouth and you still have gums to look after.
Plaque will develop in your mouth no matter how false your teeth are because real or not, they will still prove a perfect habitat for bacteria to reproduce and thrive. If this happens then you will be at risk of gum disease and other disorders.
The good thing about removable dentures is that you can take them out and clean them more easily. However it is important that a soft brush is used to avoid damaging them, and they will require a special denture paste rather than toothpaste.
They should also be rinsed after cleaning and soaked overnight. If you put them in an approved denture cleanser then you will have a clean, fresh set of teeth waiting for you the next day, which will make them a lot more pleasant to wear.
Even without teeth you still need to keep your mouth clean, either with a mouthwash or by gently brushing your gums and tongue with a soft brush (ideally a separate one to the one used on your dentures).