The role of dentures to replace lost teeth
When teeth have been lost, there are typically three methods available which can be used to replace them. These are dentures, dental bridges and dental implants. Of these, dentures are the most commonly used; although dental implants are becoming increasingly popular and with good reason. We have a whole page dedicated to implants and their benefits here - About Dental Implants.
Dentures can either be made individually; to replace a few adjacent teeth (partial dentures) or as complete dentures when a full arch of teeth is missing. Dentures are usually made from either chrome or acrylic.
Chrome dentures are most often used where a partial denture is needed, and it is generally thought that they last longer and cause fewer problems for the gums than other types. They are held in place by clips which attach to adjacent teeth and which can be easily removed for cleaning.
Where there are no teeth available for a partial denture to be attached, a full arch, using acrylic can be used instead. This fits firmly over the gum and is held in place through gum suction. Many wearers also use a denture fixative to give them extra security, helping them feel more confident when eating.
Benefits of dentures
In addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits, dentures also have the advantage of helping the remaining teeth remain in position.
Where a gap is left in the teeth, adjacent teeth often encroach into that area and this can have a ‘knock on’ effect, with other teeth moving too. Before long, you may find that you have a number of crooked and uneven teeth that can spoil your smile.
For this reason, we recommend that patients always consider replacing a missing tooth, whether it is immediately visible or not.
Dentures need regular cleaning and we will discuss the best method for you at your appointment. It is also worth mentioning that you should continue to clean your gums underneath the dentures to help keep gum disease at bay.
If you have missing teeth and would like to discuss the various replacement options available, please call us at 186 Park Road Dental Practice on 020 8340 7660