Complete and partial dentures can be used to replace teeth that are lost due to either age, decay or trauma. At Gwersyllt Dental Practice we use modern materials to make dentures that are more natural looking. They are custom made by a skilled dental technician working with the dentist over normally 5-6 visits. Please bring along any photos you may have or old dentures so that we can individually customise your dentures to give you the appearance you are looking for.
We can offer flexible partial dentures which fit tightly around natural teeth and can improve the retention and reduce the size of the denture on the palate. We also offer dentures retained by implants which help retain the denture securely and preserve bone around the implant.
We can copy the appearance and shape of your old dentures. If you have successful dentures that become loose or discoloured we can remake them without changing them dramatically. This can be a useful technique if you require a spare set.
A well-designed and made denture can last many years, the materials do however wear away and discolour with time. The ridges in your mouth shrink as well as the jawbones by up to 7mm in 10 years. This is what makes a well-fitting denture become loose, move when you talk and give you sore spots under it. It is reasonable to expect that a denture needs to be replaced about every 5 to 10 years. Better quality teeth look better and last longer.
If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture.
When you wear a denture for the first time it may take some getting used to when speaking or eating and chewing. It is important that you take extra care when conducting your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialised brushes you can use to do this.
If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures, your ability to eat and speak may become affected. Due to advances in dentistry, there is now a procedure whereby your denture can be fixed to your jaw with dental implants. This treatment, known as implant overdentures or denture stabilisation, offers patients with dentures a more permanent solution and can improve quality of life significantly. You will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again and feel comfortable smiling, safe in the knowledge that your dentures are staying put.