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Dentures

Dentures are sets of false teeth which can be used to replace an entire arch (a complete denture) or a small number of missing teeth (a partial denture). Dentures are designed to look and function like natural teeth.

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Who would need Dentures?

Dentures are an effective means of replacing teeth and can be recommended for anyone who has lost teeth as a result of ageing, poor oral hygiene, illness or trauma. Dental implants or dental bridges are generally recommended for single missing teeth. It is always beneficial to replace absent teeth as spaces in the teeth affect the aesthetics of the smile. This can have negative implications on confidence and self-esteem, as well as reducing the ability to eat properly and speak clearly. Spaces in the smile also increase the risk of oral diseases.

Modern dentures are designed with comfort, function and aesthetics in mind, and they are also much lighter and more comfortable than older dentures.

What does the procedure involve?

Before the dentures are fitted your dentist will create an impression of your teeth, which will be sent away to the laboratory and used as a template. Each denture is custom-made for the individual to ensure it fits the contours of the mouth perfectly. Once the dentures have been fabricated they will be returned to the surgery for fitting. We will check the fit and the appearance of the denture and ensure that you are happy with your new dentures before arranging follow-up appointments.

Does getting Dentures hurt?

During the procedure a local anaesthetic may be used but there will be no pain. It may take a while to get used to wearing dentures, but they should not be painful and any discomfort you experience should subside quickly. Over the course of time your dentures may start to feel a little loose as the contours of the mouth are constantly changing shape, which may cause irritation to the gums. It is important to attend regular dental check-ups so that we can check the fit of the denture.

How long does Denture treatment take?

Normally treatment is completed over two appointments. During the first appointment your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and may extract some teeth in preparation for the dentures. During the second appointment the denture will be placed. There may be follow-up appointments to keep an eye on how the dentures are taking.

Advantages of Dentures

  • Improved function: dentures help to restore full function to the mouth, improving the ability to eat and speak clearly.
  • Aesthetics: the aesthetics of the smile is enhanced by dentures as they are designed to look like natural teeth and create a healthy, attractive smile.

Disadvantages of Dentures

  • Initially it may take a little time to get used to wearing dentures and speech may be mildly affected; however, this is only short-term.
  • Dentures will need adjusting or replacing as the shape of the mouth changes.

Cost of Dentures

Modern denture provide patients with a practical means of replacing missing teeth, one that they can trust in and which does not cause problems. Though the cost of dentures will come down to various factors, the below prices give an indication of what you can expect to pay for dentures:

  • Standard dentures: £600
  • Denture stabilisation, including the cost of denture: £3200 per arch

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