A denture is a stand-in for missing teeth and adjacent tissues which can be taken off. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position, while complete or full dentures replace all the teeth. For both types of dentures your dentist or specialist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions. These models are made customized to you. A full denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The disadvantage behind an immediate denture is that it may require more adjustments after the healing takes place. We work with some of the UK’s leading denture technicians to ensure that we provide you with dentures that fit and feel comfortable.
Different types of Partial Dentures
When surrounding teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing, partial dentures may be used. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by teeth or tissue support and/or by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. You can take the partial denture out for cleaning or at night . Partial dentures could be made from acrylic, light alloy metal/acrylic combination or the latest flexible acrylic like Valplast.
Light Alloy (or Cobalt Chrome) Dentures
Light alloy metal dentures are an other option to acrylic plastic dentures. They are smaller in size and usually do not cover the palate, and allow more freedom to enjoy the flavours in food and to speak more normally, as they do not have the usual denture bulk that often interfere with these functions. Light Alloy metal dentures are sturdy and less likely to fracture, since they are not as delicate as their counterparts. They are made from medically-approved cobalt chrome alloy, or a hybrid of cobalt chrome alloy and nylon resin. We will ensure the correct denture fits comfortably during wear. These dentures give patients comfortable teeth replacement with lasting results.The benefits of light alloy dentures include:
The advantages of light alloy dentures include:
- They are less bulky
- Better for oral hygiene
- Light and strong
- In some cases there is no need to cover the palate
- They can feel more comfortable in the mouth
Valplast or Flexi-dentures
Flexible dentures are a new and similar product to conventional acrylic dentures but with a big difference, because they’re flexible they can replace a small number of teeth and fill a gap without necessarily covering the palate. Even Though they are good for small to medium sized gaps and are easy to fit, they are usually just a temporary measure to be used while waiting for implants or a bridge.
The best way to stabilise a denture is to use at least two remaining teeth satisfyingly positioned as anchors. Dentures prepared using a ceramic caps which it snaps onto are called Telescopic denture. It has very good aesthetic results and is very stable while chewing, depending on the number of remaining teeth in a jaw.
Are dentures right for me?
We discuss expense with patients and give costs up front, so that patients know what to expect. For the long run Investing in metal dentures might be a more cost-effective choice. As with all dentures, you will have a thorough consultation with a qualified dentist who will draw on a prescription/treatment plan for you. After this has been done we can discuss your options with you for materials and types of denture. If you are interested in Light Alloy Metal dentures or any other type of denture that we offer, then please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to advise you on the best way to proceed.
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