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Who Makes Dentures?

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If you face the unfortunate situation of needing a denture, you may have some questions relating to who makes the actual denture.

There can be quite often a negative stigma associated with getting dentures. This comes down to traditional dentures which may of not been necessarily made specifically for you, meaning they are ill fitting, not as functional and not very comfortable.

This is very much a thing of the past. All of our dentures are custom made and made specifically for your mouth. Everyone is different, and this couldn’t be truer for our mouths. Mouths can vary quite a lot from one person to the next. Mouths come in different sizes and shapes. Careful measurements need to be taken so the base of the denture will snugly fit on top of your jaw bone ridges. When a denture is well fitted, it will remain more stable than an ill fitting denture. This is because the connection between the base of the denture and your ridges, will cause a suction between the two and they will fit comfortably in place.

This is very much a removable option, which will allow you to remove the teeth at night to give your gums a rest (dentures need to be kept in water overnight). If you are looking for a more secure and stable option, then overdentures may be more suitable for you. This is when implants are placed into your jawbone (can be done under IV sedation). The denture is then securely fitted on top and are connected via abutments. We offer free consultations so we can assess your current situation and discuss the suitability of treatments we are able to offer.

We work closely with a local clinical dental technician who makes our dentures. He is able to meet the patients and see them through each step of the treatment up until the final fit of the denture. By seeing you, he is able to really capture the type of denture you are looking for and can make alterations to really meet your needs.

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Whats The Difference Between a Denture and a Bridge

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A denture is a removable restoration that is used to replace multiple missing teeth. They are custom made to fit your mouth, on your bone ridges, to ensure it is a comfortable and precise fit. It is important that precision is the key here as any slight measurement out can make the denture not feel as comfortable.

Dental bridges are a fixed restoration that provides good support to the bridge of your mouth. Like the name suggest, it is a bridge that can cover an area in your mouth.

Why Have A Bridge Over A Denture?

One of the first benefits associated with bridges is the fact they act like the natural bridge in your mouth. They offer great overall support to your mouth and surrounding teeth. You will have functionality back as it will be a fixed option, allowing you to taste and eat your food better. Your mouth will tolerate it better and it can provide some excellent aesthetics.

When Will a Bridge Not Be Suitable?

Dental bridges may not be suitable in cases for full arch replacements. Bridges are used to replace an area in the mouth and does require adjacent teeth for them to be fixed onto. When you have no remaining teeth left there wouldn’t be any where for the bridge to go unless you had an implant retained bridge. This is quite simply when implants are placed into the jawbone and the bridge is secured on top (considered the gold standard in tooth replacement).

Dentures are removable and can replace both upper and lower arches. They do not require any teeth in the mouth, but some partial dentures can be used to replace multiple missing teeth (if that is the recommended course of treatment).

To find out more information and have your case assessed, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

Can Dentures Be Adjusted?

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If your once well fitted dentures are starting to feel loose and not as comfortable as they used to be, it might mean that your dentures are due for an adjustment. What this means, is the base of the denture needs to be relined to match the new measurements of your jaw line.

Why Do Dentures Need To Be Relined?

A common problem associated with loosing teeth is the affects it has on your jaw bone, which is known as bone resorption. The bone around the missing site of the tooth will start to fade away causing the once well fitting dentures to become loose and uncomfortable. The speed at which bone resorption affects patients will vary from person to person. The relining is a process where the clinical denture technician will take your existing denture and modify them to fit the new ridges of your jaw. We will assess your mouth to identify what needs to be done and if it is possible with your current denture.

Do Dentures Have To Be Relined?

When getting dentures it may put you off to know that in the future you might need a denture reline to adjust your dentures. If you are looking for a more permanent and stable option, then dental implants may be a more suitable option for you. The implants will act as anchors for your dentures to securely hold them in place. One of the main benefits associated with having dental implants, is the healthy bone growth it offers to the jawbone as they fuse together. What this means is, it can help combat the affects of bone resorption, allowing for you denture to remain comfortable and stable.

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If your denture are feeling uncomfortable and you would be interested in having it relined, or you are perhaps looking at a more permanent solution with dental implants, please do not hesitate to call us today and book your free consultation.

Can You Sleep With False Teeth?

False teeth, also known as dentures are a treatment we offer to patients who are looking at replacing multiple missing teeth. Depending on your exact case, we offer a variety of treatments to meet your exact needs.

If you have removable dentures, then we advise that at nighttime you take them out and leave in a glass of water (so they don’t dry out). This will allow your gums to breathe while you sleep.

Fixed Dentures

One of our popular denture treatments involves dental implants to securely fix them into place. This is a fixed option where the teeth will be securely attached to the implants and won’t be removable. As well as looking natural, they will be comfortable and function more like your original teeth than removable options did.

Ill fitting Dentures

If your dentures are ill-fitting (uncomfortable) then they can cause gum irritations and be a problem to wear. Allowing your gums time to heal is important and especially so at night (leaving them in a glass of water). Removable dentures over time will start to not fit as well as they once did. This is because when you lose teeth, the sites of the missing teeth will start to suffer from bone resorption. This is a natural process which affects people at different speeds. Bone resorption is the process when the bone starts to recede and fade away. Overtime, this resorption will cause your once well fitting denture to become ill fitting. Your denture may require a reline, which will adjust your denture to fit your new measurements – making them more comfortable and well fitting again.

Combating The Affects of Bone Resorption

With removable dentures there is no way to stop the affects of bone resorption. Ridge preservation techniques can be used to slow them down however. Implant retained dentures (also known as overdentures) are an effective tooth replacement treatment that offers stability as well. The implants will integrate with the bone and will promote healthy bone growth.

If you are not 100% happy with your dentures or you would like to find out more about dental implants, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultations.

Who Makes My Dentures?

When you need dentures, your dentist will help you to make the right choices about the design and the construction of your dentures. They will also do a lot of the preparation work, including taking X-rays and moulds of your teeth so that dentures can be constructed from them. However, the majority of dentists are not able to make the dentures themselves. This job is performed by a group of people known as dental technicians or clinical dental technicians. They make and sometimes even fit dentures and partial dentures for dental patients in the UK.

Who Are Clinical Dental Technicians?

A clinical dental technician in the UK must be a qualified dental technician who has been trained in the skills required to create accurate and well-fitting dentures. The clinical dental technician will have the qualification Dip. CDT RCS, and this qualification should be ratified by the RCS (Royal College of Surgeons). In addition, you can also expect them to have membership of the General Dental Council, the regulatory body that oversees the work of clinical dental technicians and ensures that their work is to the standard required. The clinical dental technician who makes dentures must have completed their study, or they will not be able to legally make dentures, and instead will have to work for dentists who are ordering the dentures.

What Is Special About The Clinical Dental Technician?

The majority of dental technicians will only make the denture, but a small number of them will work with dentists to size and fit the dentures (clinical dental technicians). Often, they are involved from the start of the process, taking the impression from your gums. The dentures they make can not only replace the teeth, but can also cover bone loss and receding gums which can cause dentures to become very sore.

Will The Clinical Dental Technician Want To Do Anything To Me?

The clinical dental technician will not be involved directly in the removal of your teeth, but they are entitled to check your mouth, and give an oral examination, in order to make sure that your mouth is healthy and in a fit state to take the dentures. They may also ask you for a full medical history in order to help them establish that you are in good health. Regular dental technicians will not provide this service, as it is only the clinical teams that can do this part of the job.

Do you still have unanswered questions? Please feel free to submit them below!

By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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