Dentures are one of the most widely used methods to replace lost teeth. Often referred to as 'false teeth', they are usually made from acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. By using dentures to replace lost teeth, both the appearance of a person and their ability to eat is improved although it may take a little time to become used to wearing them.
There are a few different types of dentures available and these options will be discussed during your consultation.
Acrylic dentures are made from a pink plastic material that is designed to match the natural gum tissue of the patient. They are not attached to any existing teeth but are held in place largely by suction to the palate.
Partial dentures are retained in position by the use of clips and these may be attached to existing teeth to ensure extra support.
Acrylic dentures are a cost effective method of providing a solution to missing teeth and function well to allow oral function and facial appearances.
As well as being cleaned in the usual manner, acrylic dentures should also be cleaned in water. Make sure not to drop them onto a hard surface as this may cause damage to them. You may be recommended to remove the dentures during sleeping hours as this will allow the gums to rest and relieve any symptoms of soreness.
Chrome dentures are similar in many ways to acrylic dentures but are made of a thinner material which can feel more comfortable than acrylic dentures when being worn. They are also much stronger which makes the process of eating more natural and enjoyable too.
They are also held in place much more firmly than acrylic dentures and are therefore less likely to move around in the mouth, avoiding much of the possible discomfort and embarrassment that some people experience with other types of dentures.
Flexible dentures are one of the most comfortable dentures to wear. Made from a flexible resin material, they are virtually unbreakable in everyday use.
As they are made from a softer and more flexible material, the wearer is less likely to suffer discomfort from the chafing of the dentures in the mouth. They are also much lighter than other dentures making them more comfortable to wear and much easier to both eat and speak when wearing them.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants can be used to stabilise dentures. Many people who have had problems with the movement of dentures in their mouths have found this a useful procedure. By placing a number of implants into the jaw, the dentures can then be attached to them holding them firmly in place. The number of implants used may depend on the individual patient and this will be discussed during your consultation. The most common amount of dental implants used in this procedure however is 2, 4, 6 or 8 implants.