If you have a missing tooth or teeth, there are four main options available for you to consider:
- Accepting the gap
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Full or Partial Dentures
Partial Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Modern designs make Partial Dentures far more comfortable, functional and acceptable to wear. The aesthetics of modern materials for Partial Dentures allow them to blend with your natural teeth and surround gum tissue – far from looking false!
If you only have a few missing teeth, our Dental Surgeons at ConfiDental Clinic, Clapham Junction, Battersea are able to offer the latest modern designs for Partial Dentures. They are usually made from highly durable acrylic material. In some cases, small clips or clasps are incorporated in specific areas of the appliance which grip onto surrounding teeth to aid with securing it firmly in place.
It is important to ensure you have good quality dentures. Cheaper, substandard & ill-fitting dentures have a tendency to rub against the gum causing irritation and ulcers to your soft tissues.
Acrylic Partial Dentures are the most cost effective type of partial denture and have a gum shaded plate with the false tooth or teeth attached. The tooth shade is matched to your surrounding teeth so that it blends in. Small metal clasps are usually attached in discreet places which clip onto selected existing teeth to help with retention.
Cobalt Chrome Partial Dentures have a slim metal frame with the false tooth or teeth attached to the gum shaded acrylic. The slim metal framework makes the denture strong and robust preventing breakages. Using cobalt chrome enables the design of the framework to be slimmer and thinner than alternative dentures, making it comfortable to wear and aid retention. Clasps are usually attached within the initial custom made prescription to further aid retention allowing you to talk, eat and drink carefree.
Valplast Flexible Partial Dentures have a gum shaded base which is made of a flexible material from the Nylon family. The false tooth or teeth are attached and made of acrylic. As the denture base is strong and supple, the construction is very thin ensuring a snug fit and allowing it to move naturally with you.
Immediate Partial Dentures are constructed prior to having a tooth or teeth extracted so the denture can be placed immediately after the procedure. Immediate Dentures are usually placed as a temporary restorative treatment whilst the extraction site/s are healing before proceeding with other restorative treatments such as Permanent Partial Dentures, Dental Bridges or Dental Implants.
Why should I replace missing Teeth?
Replacing missing teeth is not only aesthetically appealing, it also helps with function and prevents surrounding teeth drifting. Having a missing tooth also puts extra pressure on remaining teeth which can weaken them.
How do I know what type of Partial Denture to choose?
Determining the best type of denture for you will depend greatly on the condition of your existing teeth. Your dentist will discuss your requirements and options during your consultation and advise you of the most suitable option.
How do I look after my denture?
The simple rule is: Brush, soak, brush. Brushing your denture with either a toothbrush or denture brush removes any debris before soaking. Soak your denture overnight or for a period once removed then brush again before placing them in. Always try to clean your denture over a bowl full of water to prevent damaging the denture in case its dropped. Seek advice from your dentist or hygienist with regards to the best products to use to clean and soak your denture as this will vary depending on which type of appliance you have.
Should I take my denture out at night?
You should remove your dentures at night unless advised otherwise by your dentist. This gives your mouth and soft tissues a chance to rest. When you remove your dentures, it is important to leave them in water to prevent any distortion or cracking.