These are not your grandmother’s dentures.
If you are missing some or all of your teeth, St John’s Dental Practice is extremely experienced at fitting partial and full dentures. Made from acrylic, nylon, metal or the new, flexible Valplast, dentures are available privately or on the NHS. They are custom-made to fit snugly over your gums to replace missing teeth and counteract any problems missing teeth can cause – such as trouble eating and speaking, unwanted movement of existing teeth, and facial sagging. Unlike crowns and bridges, dentures need to be removed daily for cleaning.
Dentures in Dorchester: your options
Depending on how many of your teeth are missing, you’ll need either a full denture or a partial denture. We’ll talk you through your options and give you plenty of time to read through your treatment plan before you decide to go ahead with denture treatment.
This replaces all your upper and lower teeth, and fits over your gums and jawbone.
This replaces one or more missing or decayed teeth. It’s made up of a plastic or metal plate with false teeth attached, and uses metal clasps to clip onto your nearby natural teeth.
No metal clasps, no adhesive, no discomfort… discover Valplast partial dentures. With their flexible, click-in fit, they won’t fall out, and they feel much more secure than traditional dentures. Valplast’s high-tech material makes the dentures extremely comfortable to wear, and they’re also an excellent solution for anyone who doesn’t have enough bone structure to consider dental implants.
Chrome dentures in Dorchester
At St John’s Dental Practice we offer chrome dentures as an alternative to traditional acrylic dentures. Why? Because chrome dentures are generally more lightweight, secure and comfortable to wear. Chrome dentures consist of prosthetic teeth and gums supported by a metal alloy framework, which is held in place by clasps. Because chrome dentures are lightweight and minimal in design, they feel less bulky and are easier to clean than acrylic dentures – plus, they don’t cover the palate completely, so you can still taste and enjoy your food.
A partial denture fills the gap left behind by one or more missing teeth, and clips to your existing teeth. It can be easily unclipped and removed for cleaning. A full or complete denture is used when all the upper or lower teeth are missing, and fits snugly over your gums. It must be removed daily for cleaning.
Dentures can feel strange to begin with but most patients grow accustomed to them very quickly. As well as getting used to wearing them, you’ll also need to start a strict routine for cleaning them every morning and night; neglected dentures can cause a number of dental problems, from bad breath and oral thrush to gum disease and tooth decay.
Clean them as you would your normal teeth – once in the morning and once at night. The routine requires you to brush them with toothpaste or soapy water, soak them with soluble denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria, then brush again. If you’re taking your dentures out to sleep, keep them moist to stop them from drying out and changing shape. You’ll need to visit the dentist regularly to make sure your dentures are fitting and functioning correctly.