Full and Partial Dentures In Milton Keynes
A full denture or partial denture is an appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth to enable you to enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence.
A complete or full denture is one that replaces all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw and gives support to the cheeks and lips.
A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
The base of a denture or partial denture is called a plate and can be made from either acrylic (plastic) or metal. The teeth are normally made of acrylic and can be made to match your natural teeth. This is especially important in the case of partial dentures. Some types of modern partial dentures and full dentures are flexible so if you accidentally drop them, they will not break.
Dentures | What are the benefits?
- They are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and fully functional
- They are versatile and therefore can be used to treat patients who have small gaps or total tooth loss
- They can support facial muscles and structures
Dentures | Suitable candidates
- Men or women who have experienced significant tooth loss
- A good candidate will still have a sufficient amount of healthy gum tissue and jawbone
- The type of denture you receive will determine on the extent of the patients tooth loss
Dentures | What are the alternatives?
The alternative to full or partial dentures are dental implants. They tend to be more durable and more of a long-term solution however, they are significantly more expensive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to change my eating habits?
Basically no there are very few restrictions for denture wearers, once you get used to wearing them. Dentures are not and never will be as efficient as real teeth. If you experience any eating difficulties it is important to contact your dentist. Poorly fitting dentures can contribute to eating difficulties and stress for the wearer. Well fitting dentures are vital for enjoying a well-balanced diet that includes a wide range of foods.
How Long Will My Dentures Last?
Dentures are durable but that doesn’t mean that they are indestructible. They can discolour, chip, break, and bend out of shape. With good care your dentures should last for many years. Here are some great tips for maintaining the appearance and maximising the life of your dentures.
- Use a brush designed for dentures and a denture cleaner. Don't use regular toothpaste as it can be too harsh for dentures
- Keep your dentures in a container of denture-cleaning solution or water
- Soak them in warm, not hot water as hot water can damage their shape
- Use a cleansing tablet once a week to kill odour-causing bacteria
Dentures offer many benefits to the people who wear them. Sometimes they make take some initial adjustment so they can enhance your smile as well as your long-term confidence. Try and see your dentist at least once a year to evaluate fit and appearance.