Category: Dentures

Loose dentures? We’ve got a great way to fix them

If you are a denture wearer, you may be getting rather tired of your dentures coming loose. It may seem like you are forever at the dentist getting them relined and before you know it, they are sliding around in your mouth again. Loose dentures can be embarrassing for you, as well as a constant drain on your pocket with relining and adhesives.

Dentures in BournemouthAt Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we have a way for you to get your dentures to stay put all day, every day. We can anchor your dentures to your jawbone and make them more stable and secure than you may ever have thought possible. Welcome to a technique called denture stabilisation. We think it’s a great solution for denture wearers.

Here’s how it works:

Dentures can be customised to be supported by 2-4 dental implants in your jawbone. The lower jawbone often needs more dental implants because the tongue can dislodge the denture.

We put the dental implants into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. It then takes a few months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone. During this time, the jawbone grows new tissue all over the implants, and this is what holds them in place.

Once this process (known as osseointegration) is complete, we then customise your dentures by adding attachments that fit onto the implants. The two snap together, using either a ball or a ball device.

You may choose to have new dentures instead of customising your existing dentures.

You still take your dentures out for cleaning and to rest your gums at night, but during the day, when you need them to behave, you will find they stay perfectly still. This added stability will also improve your chewing power, widening the range of foods you can eat to include more than just soft foods.

Come and find out more

If you’d like to find out more about stabilising loose dentures, why not come in for a free consultation with Dr Shiraz Teja? He can take a look at your dentures and talk you through the procedure in more detail.

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Life after tooth loss: dentures in Bournemouth

If you have lost or are about to lose some or all of your teeth, you are no doubt wondering which method of replacement is the one that is best going to suit you, your lifestyle and your pocket.

You have three options: dentures, bridges or dental implants. In this article, we’re going to focus on the denture, a form of tooth replacement that has been around for centuries.

Dentures in BournemouthThe denture is basically a plate with replacement teeth and gums on it. It fits over your gums to give you a natural look. The reason it replaces your gums as well as your crowns is that once you have lost a tooth, the gum in that area starts to recede.

Modern dentures are designed to look as natural as possible. The crowns can be made from either acrylic or porcelain. Acrylic dentures cost less money and are made in layers to mimic the translucence of natural teeth. Dental porcelain has that natural translucence too.

Dentures sit on plates on the gums. The plates are designed to hug the gums snugly so that they won’t wobble around when you eat and speak. However, your gums and the jawbone beneath them are not static. Gums tend to reduce in size after teeth come out, and the jawbone loses size and density in the years after tooth loss.

One way to ensure a snug fit is to wait a few months after tooth loss for any swelling of the gums to go down and also for the initial jawbone loss to take place. If the dentures are then fitted, there is a better guarantee that they will remain close fitting for longer. At Castle Lane Dental in Bournemouth, we know that a good fit is of paramount importance with dentures and we will work with you to make sure that when you leave with your new dentures, we have done all we can to get them to fit well.

If you choose porcelain crowns, we can craft them to resemble your lost teeth. Just bring in some good pictures of your smile and we can recreate it.

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Denture stabilisation in Bournemouth

Are your dentures loose and wobbly? Perhaps your dentures move when you use your mouth and you find it difficult to eat, smile and talk with confidence? With implant-supported dentures, you can now goodbye to expensive denture adhesives, sore gums and embarrassing moment and return to something that can be compared to your natural teeth.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we appreciate that although every effort is made to produce comfortable dentures, over time bone deteriorates, which can cause previously well-fitting dentures to become loose. Perhaps the best solution to these problems is through supporting your dentures with dental implants.

Denture Stabilisation in BournemouthWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium fixtures, which are surgically embedded into the jawbone and fuse with it over the time span of a few weeks. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Dental implants are permanent and provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth.

Implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are full dentures that clip onto four or more dental implants, which are fixed sturdily into your upper or lower jawbone. Once your dental implants have had time to fuse with the jawbone and surrounding tissues, your dentures are placed on top of them using special fixtures. This way you can still remove your dentures for cleaning or during sleep, but once in your mouth, they will stay safely in place. Implant-retained dentures combine the benefits of dentures and dental implants for the fraction of the cost of replacing your teeth entirely with implants.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures

Because they are supported by dental implants, these dentures are very solid and stable in your mouth like your natural teeth would be. The mechanism of attachment between the implants and the denture allows for only the necessary movement and flexibility that would be expected with your natural teeth.

Unlike regular dentures, implant-supported dentures do not sit on your gums, as they gain their support from the underlying dental implants. This way they are less likely to become loose or cause pain and sores. More importantly, implant-retained dentures are considerably smaller than conventional dentures since their retention is gained through the dental implants rather than the addition of extra dental material.

Long-term solution to tooth loss

If you are unhappy with your loose dentures and considering stabilising them with dental implants, contact us today.

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Replace your missing teeth with dentures in Bournemouth

If you have lost most or all of your natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures can be an ideal and cost-effective solution. Dentures are removable dental appliances. Unlike dental implants and bridges, which are permanently attached to the bone, dentures are essentially prosthetic teeth attached to a supporting structure sitting over the gums.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, dentures are one of the most popular solutions for missing teeth. Our dentures are either acrylic or metal-based, and can be used to replace several or all missing teeth. Dentures used to replace a few missing teeth are also known as partial dentures, while full dentures cover the entirety of the upper or the lower jaw (or both).

Dentures in BournemouthUnlike older versions, modern dentures are made of high-quality, lightweight materials that look and function pretty much like natural teeth. Dentures can be removed at night, for cleaning, or whenever desired. The most affordable dentures are made of plastic, but even more expensive versions such as dentures made of porcelain usually cost less than dental implants.

Full dentures fit comfortably over your gums, although they may require periodic adjustments in order not to become loose over time. Partial dentures, on the other hand, can be secured easily to your remaining teeth with the aid of special clasps.

Taking care of your dentures

Just like your natural teeth, you should brush your dentures daily in order to remove food remains, bacteria and plaque. Regular cleaning will also prevent permanent staining and help your gums stay healthier for longer.

While you can use any soft toothbrush, it is best to use a special toothbrush designed for cleaning dentures. Avoid using harsh brushes, which can permanently damage your dentures.

Even if you wear full dentures, it is really important to take good care of your mouth. This translates into brushing your gums and soft tissues before you put on your dentures in order to help stimulate circulation and help remove plaque. While dentures are easy to fit and maintain, your dentist will advise you to visit for regular check-ups. These are important for determining the fit and comfort of your dentures.

Overall, dentures offer a simple, functional and affordable solution to the problems of missing teeth.

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