If you have any questions about dentures not answered below, contact Unique Denture Clinic to schedule a consultation and one of our Dental Prosthetists will be happy to answer all your denture related questions.
Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that replace missing teeth. They are designed to be natural looking and comfortable, and to allow you to continue doing all the things you could with a full set of teeth. Full dentures replace all the teeth on either the lower or upper arch, or on both arches. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth in between your original teeth and use a clasp to help keep them in place.
The base of most dentures is made using hard acrylics or chrome cobalt, but there are now options too for flexible dentures that are easier to keep in place, and less likely to irritate the gums
While having a traditional dental impression taken can be uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be painful, unless you have other medical conditions that cause orofacial pain. At Unique Denture Clinic we now also offer digital impressions using a 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanner, which not only results in more detailed and accurate impressions of your mouth, it is also less invasive and much quicker than taking conventional dental impressions.
There are a number of variables that influence the cost of dentures, including whether they are full dentures, partial dentures, or implant dentures, and the material they are made from. While it isn’t possible for us to publish the cost of dentures, we will discuss all the options available to you on your first consultation with us, before providing you with a detailed cost breakdown.
In most cases broken dentures can be repaired, regardless of whether they are chipped, cracked, or have a missing tooth. Unless your dentures have significant serious damage, repairs can be completed within half a day, but we will advise you of the time needed once we have assessed the damage to the dentures.
Implant dentures can last much longer than traditional dentures, and some people find them more comfortable than traditional dentures since they move less. However, both removable implant dentures and fixed implant dentures are considerably more expensive than regular dentures, and also require additional surgery and healing time. Speak to us to find out if implant dentures would be more suitable for you than regular dentures, and to find out more details of the process and the cost.
Flexible dentures still use regular acrylic teeth, but the base is made using thermoplastics, such as nylon, rather than hard acrylics. This results in a base that is thinner, less rigid, and gentler on the gums. However, this also means they require a slightly different cleaning routine than regular dentures to prevent bacterial growth. Our Dental Prosthetists will discuss this with you if you are being fitted for flexible dentures.
It is quite normal for dentures to fit less well over time, both as a result of wear on the dentures, and small changes to the shape of your mouth as you age. This is easily remedied through the application of a soft or hard reline, which is a relatively simple procedure that sees special materials being added to certain areas of the denture to improve the fit again. How frequently you need a denture reline could be influenced by a number of factors, but under normal circumstances you might need a soft reline every two years, and a hard denture reline every four years.
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