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Denture Options in Enniskillen

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Do You Have Missing or Failing Teeth That You’d Like to Replace? Do You Worry About Smiling? Do You Have a Current Denture That Is Causing Problems?

Asking for comfortable, secure fitting and natural looking dentures is not asking too much!

Tooth loss can occur for many reasons, you may have been involved in an accident that damaged your teeth, teeth can be lost due to old age or from neglect. Whatever the reason may be, we recommend that you get missing teeth replaced as leaving spaces within the mouth can unfortunately lead to a wide range of problems including trouble eating, speaking, swallowing, bone loss and wear and tear on any remaining natural teeth.

Tooth loss doesn’t just cause functional problems, it can also have an adverse effect on a person’s self confidence and their ability to smile comfortably. Your teeth give structure to your face and support your cheeks, when teeth are lost this support is inevitably lost as well, leading to sagging of the cheeks and an aging effect.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are a type of tooth replacement consisting of formed teeth and gums that are created by your dentist to replace lost or extracted teeth. Dentures can be either partial (replacing just a few teeth) or full (replacing all teeth).

Do Any of the Following Apply to You?

  • Feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your missing teeth or your current denture?
  • Is your current denture preventing you from eating the food you enjoy?
  • Are some or all of your natural teeth loose?
  • Are you looking for a long-term solution to missing or failing teeth?
  • Do you have failing crowns or bridges, gum disease or worn teeth?

If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions, then you may benefit from visiting our expert team to discuss the range of denture options available to you. Dentures are certainly not the only option when replacing missing teeth, however they can be the most cost effective, if you are interested in understanding other replacement options you can read about them here

Cosmetic Denture Options

At Belmore Dental Implant Clinic, we only use the highest quality materials to create your denture and ensure we achieve the best possible results with a comfortable and secure fit. Each patient that we treat is a unique challenge, we offer a variety of denture types which gives our dentists the flexibility to tackle any situation and create a denture personalised to your needs. Throughout your treatment we will take time to ensure you get the aesthetic results that you desire, should it be a cosmetic makeover, giving you straight white teeth, or a more natural look with some worn or uneven edges. Whatever you think looks good, we can help to bring this to reality for you, and if you are not sure we will happily guide you on what we think will look best. Dentures can be made from an acrylic plate or a metal framework which sits over the soft tissues of the mouth, both options can be used to replace all of the teeth using a full denture, or just some of them, using a partial denture.

Types of Dentures

Partial Denture – This is used when a person has some natural teeth remaining, the denture slips between the teeth and fills the gaps left by the missing teeth. Partial dentures can be made from either a plastic called acrylic or a metal called chrome cobalt.

Full Denture – where all the teeth are missing, a full, or complete denture is placed, this type of denture can also be made from either a plastic or metal base. Complete dentures can be made conventionally or placed immediately. Conventional dentures are made once the teeth have been removed and the gum tissues have healed for approximately twelve weeks. An immediate denture can be worn in the interim healing period.

Immediate Denture – Immediate dentures are made before the teeth have been removed and are placed as soon as the extractions have taken place. One of the benefits of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without their teeth while the gums are healing. Unfortunately, the reason that immediate dentures are not suitable for the long term is that after a tooth is extracted the bones and gums will continue to shrink over the following number of weeks, meaning that your immediate denture will become loose and need to be adjusted.

How Are Dentures Held in Place?

An upper denture is held in place by suction, saliva acts as a seal, and along with the muscles of the cheeks help to hold the denture in place. A lower denture will be held in place mainly by the force of gravity, along with the muscles of the cheeks and tongue.

How Do I Care for My Denture?

All dentures, whether partial or full, require proper care to ensure they remain clean, free from staining, and looking their best.

  • Always try to remove your denture after eating and rinse it under running water to remove any food debris and other particles. Try to place a towel on the counter or in the sink so if your denture happens to slip and fall it won’t break.
  • After removing your denture, clean your mouth. If you have natural teeth remaining use a soft toothbrush to clean away food debris and plaque. Soft gauze can also be used to clean your tongue and palate.
  • When cleaning your dentures, avoid stiff bristled brushes, abrasive toothpaste, and strong cleaners. Gently clean your dentures using a soft brush and denture cleaner, mild soap or dishwashing liquid, ensuring to rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Take care not to bend or damage the plastic or the denture clasps during cleaning.
  • Remove your dentures before sleeping to avoid causing any damage to them, this will also give your gums a chance to relax.
  • Soaking your dentures overnight helps them to keep their shape. Dentures with metal attachments should not be soaked in any cleaning solutions which contain chlorine as it may tarnish the metal.