If you’re looking for dentures in Bournemouth, come in and have a chat about which of our different types of denture would suit you most.
We are very confident about the comfortable fit of our dentures, as the qualified dental technician (with extended scope of practice), Emily Whitmarsh*, who makes your dentures, attends your appointments.
Emily, working under the supervision of dentist Tim Doyle joins us at Shelley Manor Dental to bring her extensive knowledge of dental prosthetics to benefit our denture patients. It is very advantageous that the person actually fabricating the dentures has a direct connection and understanding of the needs of the patient. Tim and Emily will work closely together to make sure you are offered the very best dentures we can provide.
We are now offering free denture consultations with Tim and Emily at Shelley Manor Dental on Friday mornings.
Why have dentures?
Most people dread the idea of having to wear a denture. The good news is dentures have vastly improved in recent years. For people who have suffered dental problems, dentures can be their fresh start. 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. Not having the smile you want or the ability to eat what you want can affect your psychological health as well as your physical health.
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, or by-passing 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, which causes wrinkles to form that may make you appear older than you actually are and can make you look more gaunt or unwell. Having dentures fitted can actually help to reverse this process by giving your cheeks and the skin on your face the support they need to retain a younger shape. We often 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.
What are my options?
Here at Shelley Manor Dental we offer a wide range of denture options:
Acrylic (plastic) Dentures
A denture is a removable appliance used to replace any number of missing teeth. 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 with acrylic teeth bonded on matching the shade of your choice. If you still have natural teeth present then depending on their location, some subtle clasps may be added to aid with retention.
Metal frame dentures (or chrome cobalt dentures)
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. No need for 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, this means that Implant retained dentures virtually guarantee that your denture stays seated securely and comfortably – no more embarrassing moments caused by loose dentures!
Myerson duraflex partial dentures
A partial denture is ideal for patients who still have natural teeth, but want to close any unwanted gaps. The Myerson duraflex dentures are extremely subtle and flexible, easy to adjust and even easier to polish; ideal for a smaller gap to avoid any material coverage on the roof of the mouth. They 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 biocompatible, non-allergic, rigid structure that has flexibility comparable to natural bone. It is a favourable alternative to the metal framed dentures. The PEEK partial denture frameworks are strong and lightweight for improved patient comfort; made using a digital design, they match the patient’s individual anatomy; and the metal-free denture framework is taste-neutral. The ‘PEEK’ framework dentures benefit from;
- Being extremely light in weight
- Low plaque affinity
- Durable wear resistance
- Aesthetically pleasing
The material has been used for years in orthopaedic and medical technology (e.g. heart stents and joint replacements)
*Emily also runs a dental lab at the prestigious South Coast Dental Specialists and has experience in providing the latest denture technologies.
0% finance available so you can spread the cost of your treatment over a longer period. Call us on 01202 443882 to book an appointment.