Dentures are removable replacements for your missing teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. They are generally made from an ultramodern acrylic material which is high-strength and durable. If you look after the dentures then this material is unlikely to stain or darken and will remain fresh and natural looking for many years.
The fact that we provide comfortable, natural-looking dentures is a real benefit to those people who no longer possess their natural teeth but for whom socailising and showing a confident smile is very important.
Our modern knowledge and techniques will ensure that dentures from East Ayrshire Dental look great and feel comfortable, allowing patients to eat with confidence. We offer variety of dentures to suit most budgets.
If you have several missing teeth, possibly from some time ago, then you will benefit from having dentures as they will provide support for your cheeks and lips. Dentures can reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles around your face, this can literally take years off your face.
Dentures are of three types: Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures and Implant Supported Dentures.
The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as Complete Dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to Dental Implants. Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. You can have a full denture on your upper or lower jaw, or both. Complete dentures are also called “conventional” dentures.
Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are known as Partial Dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing. Dental Implants can also be used to stabilise partial dentures. A partial denture fitted in the spaces created by missing teeth prevents other teeth from changing position. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining.
Dentures are made from very resilient materials but it is recommended to clean them over a basin of water or a towel so that if they fall they do not break.
Dentures are designed to function in a moist environment it is therefore it is not advised to let the dry out. If your dentures are left out of your mouth for any long period of time they should be kept in water.
This is a personal preference; however we recommend that you wear your dentures as much as possible. Remove them at least once a day and brush the tissues underlying the dentures with a soft tooth brush. This removes any plaque build up along with any food debris. Removing dentures for some time or during the night stimulates the blood vessels which is an essential part of healthy tissue.
It is not possible to whiten dentures like natural teeth because dentures are made of plastic. To minimise staining, properly clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque bacteria. Brushing with a denture brush or soft toothbrush will prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and keep your mouth healthy.
Bridges and Dental Implants are a possible alternative to dentures. Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants and bridges may resemble the “feel” of real teeth.
It is important to continue having regular dental checkups so that our dentist can examine any oral issues. With age, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. The dentist will be able to evaluate the fit of your denture, offer suggestions for denture care and hygiene, and check for issues that may arise.
Dentures typically last anywhere from 5-10 years. The bone and tissue in your mouth change as you age – even though your teeth are gone, your mouth and gums will continue to change shape for the rest of your life. Because dentures are artificial, obviously, they will not change with the shape of your mouth, and will need to be replaced or adjusted.
A loose dentures can cause discomfort and problems of sores or infections in your mouth. It can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace loose dentures before they cause problems.
Daily care and cleaning of a new denture is very important to help maintain good dental health. For everyday cleaning, take the dentures out and hold with your thumb and forefinger. Make sure wherever you’re cleaning them, it’s never over a hard surface. Put a towel down on the vanity, or make sure the sink is full of water. If you drop them, they won’t break. Brush thoroughly, as you would if the teeth were in your mouth. Avoid using bleaching agents, as they will discolor the pink acrylic for the gum line.
The ability to speak clearly depends on coordination between your tongue, teeth, lips, and cheeks. A denture that’s property titled allows all four components to work together naturally. With a new denture, you may initially notice some minor differences in speech – pronouncing certain words may take practice. Most patients find they adapt and speech becomes natural very quickly. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help. If you find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, re-position them by gently biting down and swallowing. If this happens a lot, consult our dentist.
Dentures and chewing gum do not usually work well together, no matter which brand of chewing gum you decide to try. The gum typically sticks to the acrylic plastic in the denture and may break a seal on the dentures, which will loosen them as a result. Gum may remain stuck to the denture and eventually harden and discolor. Ultimately, if you wear dentures, you should avoid chewing gum.
Like anything new, you need time to adapt to your new denture. Chewing is one of the skills that needs to be adapted when you receive either replacement dentures or have your first dentures. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth at the same time to stop the denture moving. Avoid sticky foods for a little while. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Properly fitted dentures enhance your chewing ability, helping your body properly digest foods and obtain the nutrition it needs.
Replacing missing teeth is very good for your appearance as well as your health. A denture will help you look better by providing the support that your cheeks and lips need. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older. At DPName each set of dentures is personalised to your gums, lips, tongue and your whole mouth. Having good-looking teeth also gives you more confidence and freedom to smile.