A denture is a removable prosthesis or appliance (complete or partial) made to replace missing teeth. There are different options available here in Battersea and the dentist will discuss the pros and cons of each with you to determine the one that will best suit your needs.
These are usually plastic dentures which can either be partially or fully replacing the missing teeth. These dentures as they rest on the gum tend to sink into the gum and as a result of pressure on the bone can lead to the underlying bone being resorbed and destroyed.
Classically partial plastic dentures were called gum strippers because of the fact they were stripping gums from the teeth as they sink in.
Upper partial plastic dentures usually cover the palate hence reduce the taste of food.
Dentures generally become loose over time as the underlying bone is being resorbed. Patients generally resort to denture fixatives to fill the void between the denture and the gum with the adhesive which helps the retention of the denture but the rocking of the denture still resorbs the underlying bone
This type of denture is partly supported with teeth( or implants) as well as the gums. This means that the forces of the muscles during eating are partly distributed between the gums and the teeth, hence the amount of bone resorption with this kind of denture is reduced as the load on the bone is less.
These dentures generally use metal connectors so that they are less bulky, and sometimes with the use of precision attachments can be incredibly well supported in the mouth.
They cause much less damage to the underlying tissue as the load is reduced from the gums.
At Glow Dental Battersea we are able to advise you on the suitability of any of these options.
Latest advances in materials can help denture wearing easier for patients.
The use of soft linings can help reduce the discomfort in some cases, high impact acrylics are useful for those who may suffer from fractured dentures, aesthetic tooth or gum coloured clasps can be used to improve the retention of dentures without showing grey metal in the aesthetic zone, flexible dentures can be used to help retention by engaging undercuts, and precision attachments can help many patients to reduce movement of the dentures.
However well-fitting the dentist has made the dentures, they can never provide the biting and chewing efficiency of natural teeth. At Glow Dental Battersea we can help replace the missing teeth using a variety of means, dentures being one of them.