Sometimes teeth are missing or have to be removed. The gaps left by missing teeth may cause issues when eating or can cause problems with your speech. There may also be problems with the teeth either side of the gap moving into the space left behind. This can cause the remaining teeth to become crooked. The good news is that dentures or ‘false teeth’ as they are commonly referred to, are and easy solution available from FHDC. The artificial teeth can be shade matched to your existing teeth so that they look natural and blend in to help restore your smile.
If you only have one or a few missing teeth a partial denture may be the ideal solution.
A partial denture is designed to fill in the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. It will be made of either a plastic, nylon or metal base or plate and have the required number of synthetic teeth attached to it. The denture will usually attach onto some of your natural teeth with metal clasps. These hold the denture securely in place and allow the dentures to be easily unclipped and removed.
Sometimes tooth or gum coloured acrylics can be used for the plate so that it blends in more and is less noticeable. This is not always an option though and will depend on where your denture is positioned in your mouth as these materials are not as strong as metal and can break more easily.
If all of your teeth (top, bottom or both) need replacing you may benefit from a full set of dentures. The basic fabric of a full denture is similar to a partial denture but instead of being attached to remaining teeth, it fits snugly over your gums and jawbone.
This type of denture can be fitted as soon as teeth have been removed for aesthetic benefits and to provide tooth functionality. It is worth noting that the gums and bone will alter in shape fairly quickly and the dentures will probably need relining or remaking after a few months.
Sometimes your gums may need to be left to heal and settle down in shape before dentures can be fitted. This can take several months.
Benefits of dentures
- Easy solution for replacing missing teeth
- Less intrusive than dental bridges or implants
- Can be cost effective compared to other solutions
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable synthetic or false teeth made of acrylic, nylon or metal. They are individually designed to snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps.
Do I have to wear my dentures at night?
It isn’t always necessary to remove your dentures at night, but doing so can allow your gums to rest as you sleep. If you remove your dentures, they should be kept moist – for example, in water or a polythene bag with some dampened cotton wool in it, or in a suitable overnight denture-cleaning solution. This will stop the denture material from drying out and changing shape.
Get in touch
To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can help you with dentures, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.