When people think of dentures they normally think of their grandparents or the older generation. Here at Thurmaston Dental, we provide Dentures in Leicester to whoever needs them. Dentures, or false teeth, are normally needed when someone experiences tooth loss. The tooth loss can be just one, or multiple teeth. There are many different forms of dentures to suit all dental situations.
• Traditional Dentures – The Traditional Denture is used to replace a patient’s entire set of teeth. These dentures sit on top of the gums whether that is the top or bottom set. Traditional Dentures are normally placed on to the patient’s gums 8-12 weeks after the extraction of a tooth to allow the gum to settle. If no tooth extraction has taken place then the wait to have your dentures applied will be less.
• Partial Dentures – A Partial Denture (or Dental Bridges as they are known as) is used to replace missing teeth, but do not replace a full set of teeth. These dentures are still removable just like a Traditional Denture. They clip into place by attaching to the remaining teeth via a metal piece.
• Overdentures – An Overdenture is slightly different to a Traditional Denture. It still sits on top of the gum like a Traditional Denture would, however, what makes these different is the way they are secured to your gum. Metal Implants in your gum allows the denture to stay in place. These are different to a Dental Implant as overdentures are still removable. Overdentures are more stable than False Teeth Dentures, they can restore natural chewing function and increase comfort.
Whenever we see a patient with a missing tooth, we urge them to get a permanent replacement for that missing tooth, this is because it can have a domino effect on your other teeth. Every tooth supports each other in some way, once you remove one they will begin to move around. Keeping your teeth in position is the underlying bone ridge which starts to weaken once a tooth is lost. When one tooth is lost and not replaced, it is highly likely that you’ll lose more teeth or need tooth extractions.
For patients who have a large number of teeth missing and need a Traditional Denture their bone ridge below where the teeth used to be will be weak, and unfortunately without a secure replacement such as a Dental Implant, the ridge will begin to shrink. With this, a Traditional Denture will become loose.
With the modern advances in technology, we are now able to create more realistic dentures that stay in place for longer. Different types of Dentures can be made out of various materials. The tooth section of a Denture will normally be made out of different types of Resin or Porcelain. The framework or plate (the part that looks like the gum) is normally made from Acrylic Resin or a Flexible Polymer.
Using Porcelain for dentures has many advantages, for example, it creates a translucent appearance exactly like natural tooth enamel, it is a great material for Partial Dentures as the false porcelain teeth blends in with your natural teeth also providing a similar feel to natural teeth. With respect to being as strong as natural teeth, they will be able to adapt to eating and they will a last long time as they are looked after, however, if they are dropped or knocked they will easily break.
Acrylic Resin has become more popular for Traditional Dentures as it is lighter and less expensive. They are also more secure to the denture base, however, they do wear down faster than porcelain which will mean they need replacing quicker.
As many people grow older the need for dentures becomes more apparent. If you have multiple teeth missing or nearly a whole set missing, a denture might be the option for you. Many people believe that if their missing tooth is towards the back where no one can see, there is no point in replacing it. However, as we’ve mentioned before having a missing tooth can cause more issues for the remaining teeth.
Tooth loss doesn’t happen overnight! If you don’t have regular dental check-ups then there can be issues regarding your oral health getting progressively worse and you might not even know about it. Ignoring dental issues such as gum inflammation may lead to tooth loss and the need for a denture.
The process of getting Dentures will depend on individual patient’s oral health. Firstly, you will have an x-ray and an examination to inspect the health of your remaining teeth and gums. Your dentist will then be able to discuss with you the best form of Denture for you. If you need a tooth extraction or further oral surgery to remove excess tissue beforehand, your dentist will specify when this will happen.
An impression of both your top and bottom teeth/gums will be taken. Even if you only need a partial denture on your bottom set, an impression will be taken of your top set of teeth to ensure the bite remains correct with the denture in place. The number of appointments needed will vary from patient to patient. Once we have created your denture we will fit them for you, show you how to remove them and look after them. We will also make a few minor adjustments to the denture if needed on that appointment to ensure you are comfortable.
• Handle with Care – The number one rule with any Denture is to handle it carefully. Don’t bend them whilst cleaning and ensure that they are kept in a safe place when they aren’t in your mouth, whether that is in a glass of water at night or on top of a towel for a momentary second. Many denture sets are broken when sat on if they are placed underneath something.
• Brush Your Dentures Daily – It is extremely important to brush your dentures every day to ensure they stay in the best condition possible. Use nonabrasive products to ensure your dentures don’t get scratched. You can also use nonabrasive Denture Soak to ensure any food and plaque is removed from your denture. Please be sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly after soaking and cleaning before using them again.
• Soak Your Dentures Overnight – Most Dentures need to be kept moist to avoid them losing their shape. Whenever you are not wearing your dentures place them in a glass of cool or room temperature water to soak.
• Clean Your Mouth – Looking after your dentures is important, but means nothing if your mouth isn’t clean. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your gums, remaining teeth, tongue and cheeks twice daily.
• Have Regular Check-ups – We recommend you have regular visits to your dentist to ensure your dentures are examined and professionally cleaned. If you have any discomfort, your dentist will be able to adjust your denture for you, including if the denture becomes too loose.
• Things To Avoid – When cleaning your denture and leaving them to soak please avoid the use of hot water, it can misshape the dentures. Also, avoid using any abrasive materials, whitening toothpaste and products containing bleach as these can also damage your dentures.
If you have a Traditional Denture, it can be a disaster if it breaks, with the ability to eat hard foods limited and speech becoming slurred without your dentures you will need them fixing as soon as possible. If your denture breaks please contact us here at Thurmaston Dental to book the next available appointment to get your Denture repaired.
We do ask that when your denture breaks, whether it is a tradition one or partial denture, please do not try to fix it yourself unless you 100% know what you are doing. Attempting to fix a broken denture can actually lead to more issues when we ourselves try to fix it.
If you are experiencing any pain on your gums please visit your dentist, it could be any underlying issue. It could just be gum irritation from your dentures and there are a few home remedies you can try to calm the irritation:
• Salt Water Rinse – A Salt Water Rise will help decrease the inflammation on your gums. All you need to do is simply rinse your mouth with salt water by adding 1 teaspoon of salt to warm water and rinsing around your mouth for 30 seconds. This might sting a little bit if you have any mouth ulcers, or open wounds.
• Topical Gel – Topical Gels that contain Aloe Vera will be able to soothe pain an irritation on your gums from your dentures. A Topical Gel is a product specifically made for oral use.
• Massaging Your Gums – We encourage our patients to massage their gums regularly, this might sound odd, however, massaging your gums will help to stimulate blood circulation and reduce any swelling from irritation.
• Pain-Relief Medication – If the pain gets more severe you can always take a form of pain-relief medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken.
If you would like more information on our Dentures in Leicester, discuss the process or costs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.