A set of false teeth sitting snugly in a glass of water beside our grandparent’s bedside table… this is the stuff of fond memories.

Dentures are still common and can be a solution to lost or missing or damaged teeth. With technological advancements, they can now look very natural and they will be individually customised to give you the exact appearance you are looking for.

They are custom made by a skilled dental technician working alongside your dentist, normally over 5–6 visits. Denture problems, such as clicking, slipping, frequent gum irritation and odour, are signs your dentures may not be fitting properly and may need to be adjusted, relined or remade. We can help you with this.

Frequently asked questions

What is a denture?

Dentures can replace lost, missing and un-restorable teeth.Modern dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face. They can make eating and smiling fun again.

Some patients ask for their dentures to be whiter, which can have a youthful effect on their face.

Our dentures are fully custom made to your exact requirements and we had some life-affirming feedback from some of our patients whose lives have been transformed by them.

What types of dentures are there?

Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal (cobalt chrome), both of which are custom fitted to your mouth.

Complete or full denture: This is a ‘plate’ that replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws.

Partial denture: This fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may have fastenings to your own teeth by means of a clasp or a ‘precision attachment’.

The type of denture most suited to you personally, will be considered with you at your consultation visit.

We can help you to make an informed decision about which type will be best for you.

Are there other alternatives to dentures?

Dental implants are man-made replacements for natural teeth and can be an alternative to dentures.

The implants are designed to be similar to tooth roots and are anchored in the jaw bone. Replacement teeth are permanently secured upon them.

Click here to visit our Implant section.

How will they change me?

Confidence: Many people feel self-conscious about having missing teeth and this can damage their self–esteem. A denture can restore your confidence in you. As Virginia Woolf said, “Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle. ”

Teeth: A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth so you have a complete smile.

Eating and speaking: The support that a denture gives to the facial muscles can make speaking and eating easier. Replacing missing front teeth can help with the pronunciation of T, F, S and Th sounds. Chewing is easier as you have more teeth with which to do it.

Facial muscles: It can also give support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older.

Is eating difficult with dentures?

It does take a little time to adjust to eating. In the beginning, start with soft foods cut into little pieces. Try to avoid raw, crunchy vegetables and fibrous meats at first.Try to chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the denture from moving. And try not to tear your food forward when you eat.

As you become more used to your denture, add other foods until you return to your normal healthy diet.

Eating a proper diet is especially important for people who wear dentures. If you’re worried about missing out on certain vitamins that are found in very hard foods, then you could take a vitamin supplement.

Will speaking be different?

It may take a few days for your mouth to compensate for a new denture and some words may be affected. Your speech should return to normal in a few days.

Practice reading aloud at home, maybe in front of a mirror. Try repeating sounds that seem difficult.

Do I still need to visit the dentist?

We would recommend a dental check up at least once a year. We will look for infections, mouth conditions or early signs of cancer of the mouth. We will check the soft parts of your mouth, including the tongue and cheeks.

How often should I have new dentures?

A well-designed and well-made denture can last many years. Over time, your bone and gum ridges shrink — people with no teeth lose on average 1/2mm of jawbone height each year. This shrinkage can cause dentures to become loose which in turn can cause health problems such as sores, infections and discomfort.

Your dentures will need to be relined or re-made due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth. Dentures will probably need to be replaced every 5 years or so.

How should I clean my dentures?

Step one: Clean them over a bowl or a towel. They don’t respond well to being dropped.Step two: Brush them to remove any food debris. You should use a small- to medium-headed toothbrush and use hand or face soap. Please do not use toothpaste.

Step three: Soak them in an effervescent denture cleaner. This will remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher. Do not use these cleaners on chrome dentures.

Step four: Brush the dentures again. Clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surfaces which touch your gums.

Step five: If you notice a build up of stains, we can clean them professionally for you.

Do I need to avoid anything when cleaning?

Ordinary toothpastes: Toothpaste is abrasive and can scratch the surface of the dentures. It also tends to be sticky and will attract food.

Hot water: Cleaning them in hot water with denture cleaning tablets will bleach the pink plastic. It will turn white over time. Lukewarm water is a denture’s favourite habitat.

Hard scrubbing: This may cause grooves in the dentures.

And how should I clean my mouth?

Keeping your mouth in good health is also important.

Brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled brush, every morning and evening. This removes plaque and helps the circulation in your mouth.

If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly and twice daily. It’s important to pay particular attention to where the denture sits next to your existing teeth. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease and prevent further loss of teeth.

It’s still important to have professional cleaning of your natural teeth.

What does a denture cost?

The cost of a denture depends on the type of base material used and the quality of the teeth used. We will always explain the different types and help you to select the ones that match your facial shape, gum and skin shades to give a life like appearance.

The cheapest dentures wear rapidly, chip and look poor after a short period of time. We use the highest quality materials to ensure your dentures have a long and robust life.

What safety measures do you take?

Health and safety and the prevention of cross-contamination are vitally important to us. And to keep us as the forefront of dentistry, we consider our professional development to be paramount.

X-rays

We use digital x-rays which deliver about 90% less radiation dosage than a standard x-ray.
We have 2 separate radiography rooms which are fully lead-lined and radiation protected.

Cross-infection

We have a seamless floor from reception door onwards.It’s made with a poured resin which means that there are no seams or cracks for dirt to collect in. And all our instruments are sterilised and stored in sealed bags. We have a sterilisation room and the instruments are sent to and from the surgeries in vacuum-wrapped, colour-coded sterile trays. Our disposable instruments are thrown away after use. We always wear disposable gloves when working and we obviously wear new ones for each patient

Barrier protection

We cover surfaces that are touched by the dentist (e.g. handles, buttons in the surgery) in thick selotape-like plastic. This forms a further barrier against germs. These are removed after each patient and then the area underneath is cleaned using sterilising wipes and sprays.

Mercury

All of the dental units have mercury separators and we use high-volume aspiration so that mercury is removed safely. We can reassure you that there can be no mercury leaks.

Amalgam free

We do not place amalgam (mercury) fillings.

Immunisation

Our dentists, nurses and hygienist are immunised against Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis (TB), Tetanus, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Pertussis (whooping cough), Diphtheria, Rubella, Mumps and Varicella. This helps to protect both team members and patients from these diseases.

Professional education

We pride ourselves on our commitment to professional development. All members of the team regularly attend seminars and conferences to stay abreast of the latest thinking. We are registered with the General Dental Council for continuing professional development and Andrew, Janet and Andre, between them, are active members of the relevant dental professional bodies — British Dental Association, Dental Society of London, British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Association of Dental Implantology and the New Zealand Dental Society in London.
 Hayley is an active member of the Dental Hygienist & Therapists Association and the Dental Therapy Association. Farah, our Orthodontist, teaches three days a week and is at the very forefront of new thinking.

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What about payment options?

We offer 0% finance loans, subject to the usual terms and conditions and status requirements. Please click here for more information. We also offer corporate and personal dental schemes and we are happy to accept personal insurance. E.g. Denplan or BUPA. Please click here for more information.

What do I do next?

If you’d like to book an appointment, you can call us on 020 7638 7100, or email us on bite@dentistry100.co.uk

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