DENTURES

Modern dentures can restore your smile

Practical replacements for missing teeth

Your Clyde Munro dentist is experienced at fitting partial and full dentures for patients who are missing some or all of your teeth. Made from acrylic, nylon or metal, dentures are a cost-effective option available privately or on the NHS (limited options). Rest assured that today’s dentures are not like those of decades gone by. They are more lifelike and comfortable than ever, fitting snugly over your gums to restore your smile and counteract any problems missing teeth can cause – such as trouble eating and speaking. Unlike other restorations such as bridges and implants, dentures need to be removed daily for cleaning.

Types of dentures

Depending on how many of your teeth are missing, you’ll need either a complete denture or a partial denture. At Clyde Munro, we’ll talk you through your options and give you plenty of time to read through your treatment plan before you decide to go ahead with denture treatment.

  • Complete denture – this replaces all your upper and lower teeth, and fits over your gums.
  • Partial denture – this replaces one or a couple of missing or decayed teeth. It’s made up of a plastic or metal plate with false teeth attached and uses metal clasps to clip onto your nearby natural teeth.

How are dentures made?

Dentures are custom made in a dental lab, using your dental impressions to get the exact fit. A trial denture is usually made to check the fit before the final, permanent version is made.

Are dentures difficult to get used to?

Dentures can feel strange to begin with, but most patients grow accustomed to them very quickly. As well as getting used to wearing them, you’ll also need to start a strict routine for cleaning them every morning and night; neglected dentures can cause a number of dental problems, from bad breath and oral thrush to gum disease and tooth decay.

How do I look after my dentures?

Clean them as you would your normal teeth – once in the morning and once at night. The routine requires you to brush them with toothpaste or soapy water, soak them with soluble denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria, then brush again. Take your dentures out to sleep and keep them moist to stop them from drying out and changing shape. You’ll need to visit the dentist regularly to make sure your dentures are fitting and functioning correctly.

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