Dentures from Muirhead Dental Care
Losing your teeth can have a massive negative effect on your confidence, and also impact on your quality of life. If you are an existing denture wearer you may already have experienced difficulty enjoying particular foods you used to enjoy. This may be made worse by improperly balanced or overly worn dentures. As well as not being able to enjoy the foods that you used to enjoy your dentures may have been made in a way that makes them look like false teeth. Additionally your teeth provide some of the structure and support that form the shape of your cheeks. When tooth loss occurs it can result in a lack of facial support, and give you the appearance that you are much older than you actually are. The good news is that our dentures may provide the answer.
What is a denture?
Tooth loss can occur for several reasons such as periodontal disease, trauma or decay. It is important that you have regular check ups with your dentist and that you have any missing teeth replaced as soon as you possibly can to prevent any excess wear to existing teeth in the long terms. A denture is a removable artificial tooth or set of teeth that replaces missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw or both in the most severe cases of tooth loss.
Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for many years. With advances in dental technology and the use of the latest dental materials, dentures can be made to look and feel like your own natural teeth.
What types of dentures are available at Muirhead Dental Care?
Dentures are generally fabricated from acrylic resins. With advances in modern cosmetic dentistry there are a wide variety of materials available for dentures.
If you are missing all of your teeth then a complete set of upper and lower dentures is used to replace them. It may well be easier to remove one or two remaining teeth to allow a complete set of dentures to be worn. However if only a few of the teeth need replacing then in many cases your dentist may be able to fit a partial denture/ overdenture. The fitting of a partial/over dentures can prevent your existing healthy teeth from moving into the gaps following the tooth loss.
How are dentures held in place?
Would you like to have the confidence when you eat to choose whatever you want without having to worry about the nightmare of your dentures working loose or even worse falling out in a public place. Now you can. Though some dentures are held in place by their natural suction to your gums (sometimes with the use of a fixative), your dentures may also be attached in place with the use of dental implants. More and more of our patients are choosing to have dental implants placed to secure their dentures and give optimum stability.
How long do dentures last?
As you age your dentures can begin to feel loose as your gums shrink back and your bite pattern changes. If the problem becomes severe it may be that you need a new set of dentures made. However in some instances it is possible that some simple modifications to your existing set of dentures may rectify the problem. You should always make sure you take care of your dentures and clean them frequently. The length of time your dentures last also depends on how much use you give them as they will suffer from natural wear / tear as time goes by.