At Falkirk Dental Care we offer a range of options for dentures.
Tthe cheapest solution for replacing missing teeth. A single-tooth denture can be done in two visits. Two or more teeth can take up to four visits, but an express denture service is available to speed up the process.
You choose the type of denture you would like and we will customise it to your requirements - you pick the shade and shape, then we do the rest.
Types of Denture
Your dentist at Falkirk Dental Care can recommend acrylic dentures to fill gaps or replace all missing teeth from upper or lower jaw, or both. Often referred to as tissue-borne, these pink plastic dentures are supported mainly by the gums. While the plastic components can surround existing teeth in the mouth, they do not gain much stability from them. Some acrylic partial fittings feature metal clips or clasps. Rather than adding greater support, these fixtures simply help to hold dentures in the correct position. Acrylic dentures are typically cheaper to manufacture and require a less sophisticated design than other varieties such as flexible dentures or partial models made from metal. As a result, acrylic dentures are often chosen when cost is a concern. Like other types of denture, acrylic prosthetics offer aesthetic benefits to wearers. The presence of teeth helps to provide a natural facial appearance and can boost self-confidence.
In patients with missing teeth, the fittings themselves can provide support for lips and cheeks that could otherwise take on a ‘collapsed’ appearance. The ability to chew food correctly suffers if teeth are lost. Chewing efficiency can be improved by wearing acrylic dentures. Food can then be digested more efficiently as it moves through the body, resulting in greater absorption of nutrients. So acrylic dentures boost the health and appearance of the mouth, face and body as a whole. If teeth are lost, people may find that their ability to speak clearly is impaired, particularly in the case of the anterior teeth – incisors and canines. Those who opt for acrylic dentures should find that their diction improves, with noticeably better pronunciation. All dentures of this nature are finished in high-impact acrylic. They are able to stand up to the wear and tear that affects teeth on a daily basis.
Your dentist will first assess your teeth to determine whether acrylic dentures are suitable for you. In the case of small acrylic dentures, it is sometimes possible to do an impression, then to make and fit the denture on the same day. With larger acrylic dentures, we also have to do bite registration and a try-in stage. These require two more visits to the clinic. Acrylic dentures need to be cleaned daily, just like teeth, to avoid the build-up of bacteria on their surfaces. You can use your toothbrush and toothpaste, or specially made denture-cleaning agents. When cleaning your acrylic dentures in a sink, ensure that some water is in it. This water cushions the dentures if they fall out of your hand during cleaning. Plastic dentures should be kept out of the mouth at night so that the soft tissue is not covered all the time. If you keep your dentures in your mouth at night, clean them and your soft tissues every day.
Metal is used in dentures to increase their strength and durability, but the metal part of the denture will not be visible, or - in the case of a partial denture - the clasp to hold the denture in place may be slightly visible. If you want to fill the spaces of missing teeth, metal dentures may be an ideal solution. Although the idea of a metal denture may be unappealing to many people, the use of metal dentures could provide a number of benefits to denture wearers who have experienced a lack of confidence due to a previously loose plastic denture. Metal dentures remain in place without the use of denture-adhesive gel. The fixtures are manufactured from a medical-grade alloy used in our gold dentures. This is hypoallergenic to ensure that wearers do not suffer from an allergic reaction. A primary benefit of metal dentures is that they are custom-made to ensure compatibility with the tissue of the mouth, removing the risk of allergic reactions or gum irritations.
Metal dentures are usually smaller than plastic ones. They do not fully cover the roof of the mouth as plastic dentures do, so the ability to taste food is not reduced. The durable nature of the metal appliances means that they are less likely to break or bend out of shape than the more fragile plastic-denture alternatives. Metal dentures have a snug fit that makes them comfortable to wear. Although metal dentures may be more expensive than a number of alternatives, their long-lasting nature may make them worthwhile for those looking to improve their quality of life and oral health.
Your dentist can carry out an assessment to determine if a metal denture is suitable for you. If it is, we will take impressions of your teeth and gums so that the dental laboratory can produce your custom-made metal denture. Once the denture is ready, your dentist will place it into your mouth and make any appropriate adjustments at the denture-fit appointment. Like shoes, new dentures need a breaking-in period. Patients should wear their new denture and eat with it for a few days, then come back to the clinic for a review. If necessary, further adjustments can be made.
A comfortable alternative to traditional dentures, flexible dentures use advanced technology to fit around the shape of teeth and gums. The flexible denture can be used when there is not enough bone for fitting dental implants to replace missing teeth. It works by flexing into position and doesn’t need metal clasping mechanisms to hold the denture in place. Any individual with irregularities in the shape of his or her mouth may benefit from this treatment and could experience a boost in self-confidence as a result. Flexible dentures could be a solution for those who have lost one or more natural teeth to gum disease, dental infection or a sporting injury. Using this method, our dental specialists can fit a partial denture to replace missing teeth, returning smiles to their natural best. The replacement of missing teeth can have a profound effect on appearance and overall wellbeing. Without facial support from a fixed or flexible denture after the removal of teeth, the face can often sag, which could make individuals appear older than they actually are. The fixture of dentures can help to maintain oral health, as those with multiple missing teeth often experience fracture or wear of the remaining teeth. Dentures can make it easier to carry out a number of tasks people usually take for granted, such as eating and speaking without difficulty.
Patients who wear flexible dentures are unlikely to experience any pain or discomfort from the fixture, due to the lack of metal clasps or adhesive. Wearers are able to enjoy increased retention as a result of the custom-fitted design. In addition, flexible dentures are more aesthetically pleasing than their traditional counterparts. The material used to create the fixture is transparent and blends in with the natural gum colour in the mouth. Metal clasps found in traditional dentures are replaced by tooth-coloured clasps in flexible dentures.
The simple nature of flexible dentures allows them to be quickly manufactured, significantly reducing waiting time. Some patients, due to irregularities in the shapes of their mouths, are unable to receive alternative types of dentures such as flexible dentures. These patients could benefit greatly from the flexible fitting, which adjusts to each individual. The tight-fitting nature of flexible dentures means that there is no need to worry about them coming loose, or unclear speech as a result of an alien object in the mouth.
You can have full complete dentures if all your teeth are missing. The denture can be acrylic, or acrylic with a metal plate to give your denture increased strength. If you have false teeth and feel that they are uncomfortable when eating or speaking, we can fix your existing denture by way of dental implants.
If only some teeth are missing, a partial denture can be fitted regardless of where the gaps are in your mouth. As the name suggests, bridges are a way of filling a gap by utilising teeth on one side or both sides. If you have no teeth to support a bridge, you are unable to use this option (but there is an option of having an implant which would allow for the addition of an implant-retained bridge).
If you’ve lost teeth through accident, gum disease or decay, you don’t have to live with missing teeth. We offer treatments that can boost your confidence and help you to achieve a Hollywood smile. Most Valplast dentures are fabricated without the use of a metal frame, instead using a strong, durable plastic that snaps securely and comfortably into place around existing teeth. The plastic is so strong that the partial made from it can be extremely thin, eliminating the heavy feeling that used to make wearing partials unpleasant.
By comparison, acrylic and metal dentures are generally heavier, sometimes causing jaw ache. Valplast dentures have no metal clasps, instead using transparent material above the teeth to create a more natural appearance. They are lightweight and comfortable due to their flexibility and movement in the mouth. Valplast dentures feature no metal components. This reduces irritation or inflammation of the gums, which is common among denture wearers. Patients who suffer allergies to acrylics or metals can wear Valplast dentures with confidence.
Overdentures are supported by and attached to dental implants or roots. If you have a slack denture, we can fit some dental implants that the denture can clip onto. This makes an enormous difference when chewing and talking, and generally makes you feel better about yourself. It doesn’t matter whether you wish to have your bottom or top denture attached this way. Overdentures cost a bit more than a conventional denture but are worth it! If you wish to have an implant-supported overdenture, your dentist will need to ensure there is enough bone left to install dental implants, which are commonly provided in areas where traditional fixtures are less stable. On the other hand, if you wish to have a root-supported overdenture, we need to check that you have the necessary number of good-quality roots, that these roots are free of infection and have had good root-canal treatment.
Depending on their needs, patients will be offered one of two types of implant-supported overdenture: either ball-retained or bar-retained. These are manufactured from an acrylic base that is designed to look like gum, and porcelain or acrylic teeth that have a natural tooth appearance. Both types of implant-retained overdenture need at least two dental implants to be installed in the jawbone as support for the overdenture. Ball-retained overdentures have a socket which is attached to up to five implants in the mouth. Bar-retained overdentures include a thin metal bar that follows the curve of the jaw, with the dentures held in place by fitted clips. The dental implants for overdentures are usually placed in the anterior region of the mouth because there is more bone in this area, even if teeth have been missing for a long period. A lack of vital structures such as nerves in the front of the mouth means that there is less likelihood of the dental implants impinging on any vital structures.
Overdentures are ideal for patients who want the benefits of dental implants but do not wish to go through bone-grafting and gum-grafting surgeries that are usually required for multiple single implants. They are also suitable for people who don’t want to incur the financial and time costs of undergoing multiple dental implants.
The advantage of root-supported overdentures is that they are fitted without removing roots from the mouth. This allows the jawbone to remain around the roots and not to shrink away as it does with complete dentures. The jawbone can then be used for future installation of dental implants, should that be required.
Overdentures provide a large degree of stability and have better retention than complete dentures. Those who worry about their dentures falling out or becoming loose could experience an improved quality of life as a result of overdentures. Wearers do not experience problems with speech. They can eat comfortably knowing that their overdentures are securely fitted, all without the need for messy denture adhesives.
Fitting usually takes between three and six months, which includes implant surgeries and installation of the overdenture. Before the start of the treatment, patients will be asked to attend a consultation to ensure they qualify to receive overdentures. During this appointment, the implant specialist at Falkirk Dental Care - Dr Zanner Ossi - will review medical and dental records. He will then take X-rays and impressions of teeth to allow the laboratory to create models. Following this, he may carry out a cone beam CT scan to make sure there is enough bone available to install the dental implants, and to establish the exact location of the sinuses and nerves so they can be avoided during the procedure. The entire process takes around four visits, but a temporary denture can be worn until it is complete. This is ideal for people who are worried about their appearance. The first surgery involves placing implants in the jawbone, where an incision is made in the gum in order to place the implants. Immediately after the initial procedure, it is important to avoid putting pressure on the newly installed implants. This speeds up healing and limits discomfort. After the healing process is complete and the implants have fused with the jawbone, the second surgery is carried out by our implant specialist. During this simple procedure, the tops of the implants are revealed by making a small incision into the gums, where a healing collar is placed. This allows the gum to heal in the correct manner, making room for the fixture of the overdentures. In the final months of the process, the teeth are secured into the overdenture framework, creating a new smile for the patient. Overdentures should be removed at night and cleaned to keep them in good condition and to maintain hygiene.
If your dentures are broken or damaged, don’t panic. Just call our practice on 01324 671278 to arrange an appointment. We will assess your broken denture to see if it can be repaired. If it is cracked into two or three pieces it can usually be repaired, but if a denture has broken into many pieces a repair may not be possible. People who have worn the same dentures for a number of years may be advised to order a replacement, especially if their dentures have been broken on a number of previous occasions. A remake of the denture is often recommended when individuals have had teeth added to their dentures on several occasions and the dentures have become uncomfortable as a result.
Damage to dentures is common when they are dropped. Pressure of everyday wear and tear can result in them becoming increasingly prone to breakages. People who grind their teeth put their dentures under excessive strain that could lead to the denture fracturing. Living without a denture may prove difficult for people who have become accustomed to the aesthetics and functionality that dentures provide. Over-the-counter dental-repair kits may seem like a more convenient option, but trying to fix dentures independently could damage them beyond repair. Denture repairs should only be carried out by qualified professionals.
If dentures become loose they can be relined to improve their retention. Sometimes where a denture is comfortable but becoming loose, patients may decide to keep the denture rather than replace it. The denture retention can be improved by carrying out a denture-reline procedure: usually an overnight process. An alternative is to use a copy-denture technique in which many of the features of the previous comfortable denture are copied into the design of a new denture.
Handling dentures with care helps to ensure they are not accidentally broken. Standing over a sink of water during removal or insertion is one way of reducing the risk of breakage. It’s worth having a special care box in which to keep your dentures when you’re not wearing them. This keeps them safe and is also hygienic.