Most people dread the idea of having to wear a denture. However the good news is dentures have vastly improved in recent years due to technological advances. At Shelley Manor Dental we offer several kinds of dentures to meet a variety of individual needs (see below).
Free Denture Consultations
Shelley Manor Dental offers free denture consultations on Friday mornings. If you are looking for dentures in Bournemouth, come in and have a chat with us about which of our different denture types would suit you most. Call us on 01202 443882.
Why have dentures?
Dentures can be a fresh start for people who have suffered dental problems. They provide you with new teeth that restore and enhance your smile. Studies show that a large number of people notice teeth and smiles first and make a judgement about that person based on what they see, even if it’s only subconsciously. Your physical as well as your psychological health can be adversely affected by not having the ability to eat what you want, nor the smile you want.
The physical and psychological cost of not having teeth
Research strongly suggests that people who don’t choose to restore their missing teeth can lack proper nutrition in their diet. This can be a result of either not being able to chew your food properly which leads to later problems with digestion. Another reason is that people with missing teeth bypass certain foods altogether, because it is so uncomfortable and difficult to bite into them. Not only can this impact on day-to-day eating habits, but it can also negatively affect your social life as eating out may not be a viable option.
Aesthetically dentures will improve your look; missing teeth can result in your cheeks sinking inwards or downwards. This causes wrinkles to form that may make you appear older than you actually are, and can have the effect of making you look gaunt or unwell. Having dentures fitted can actually help to reverse this process by giving your cheeks and the skin on your face the fullness and support they need to retain a younger shape.
Often we hear the phrase “I’m too old to spend money on my teeth” from patients who are only 60-70 years old, but the truth is you are only as old as you feel and you can easily enjoy another 20-30 years with your family and friends. That’s a long time to live with eating and speaking difficulties when they could so easily be solved.
Denture options at Shelley Manor Dental
A denture is a removable appliance used to replace any number of missing teeth. Here at Shelley Manor Dental we offer a wide range of denture options:
Acrylic (plastic) dentures
The most common and affordable type of dentures are acrylic, which benefit from being cost effective whilst still fully functional. The denture base is made from a pink acrylic. We bond on acrylic teeth matching the shade of your choice or the shade of any remaining teeth. If you still have natural teeth present, then depending on their location, we can add some subtle clasps to aid with retention.
Metal frame dentures (or chrome cobalt dentures)
Metal dentures are precision made and grip the teeth excellently. They are very strong, durable and thin. The denture can be designed with acrylic teeth and gum on a metal alloy framework which fits behind the teeth so that no metal is visible when you smile. Tooth clasps can be added to hold the denture securely in place.
Implant retained dentures
These are relatively new and exciting. Dentures can now be stabilised with implants which can make a huge difference to patients who have been struggling with loose ill-fitting dentures. Consequently you’ll no longer need denture adhesives, pastes, sticky gum or powders!
Implants help to maintain your facial structures by preserving the remaining bone in your jaws. Implants serve as man-made substitutes for the root portion of the lost natural teeth, and act as an anchor for replacement teeth, which means that ‘implant retained dentures’ virtually guarantee that your denture stays seated securely and comfortably – no more embarrassing moments caused by loose dentures!
At Shelley Manor Dental we have a visiting implant surgeon who can advise you on implant retained dentures and whether you are suitable for this treatment option. Give us a call on 01202 443882 to find out more.
Myerson duraflex partial dentures
A partial denture is ideal for patients who still have natural teeth, but want to close any unwanted gaps. Myerson duraflex dentures are extremely subtle and flexible, easy to adjust and even easier to polish; therefore they are ideal to fill a small gap and to avoid any material coverage on the roof of the mouth. These are very comfortable to wear and because they are thin and translucent, DuraFlex partials are incredibly discreet, virtually disappearing in the mouth. Their advanced thermoplastic is clinically unbreakable and won’t absorb moisture; making them stain and odour resistant.
‘PEEK’ framework dentures (poly-ether-ether-ketone)
This is a bio-compatible, non-allergic, rigid structure that has flexibility comparable to natural bone. This material has been used for years in orthopaedic and medical technology (e.g. heart stents and joint replacements). In dentistry it is a favourable alternative to the metal framed dentures.
PEEK partial denture frameworks are strong and lightweight for improved patient comfort. We fabricate them using a digital design matching the patient’s individual anatomy. Also the metal-free denture framework is taste-neutral. ‘PEEK’ framework dentures benefit from;
- Being extremely light in weight
- Low plaque affinity
- Durable wear resistance
- Aesthetically pleasing
We have 0% finance available so you can spread the cost of your treatment over a longer period.
Call us on 01202 443882 if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.