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Tooth Replacement Options

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Bridges

What are bridges made of?

Bridges are usually made of a precious metal. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength.

Are bridges expensive?

Although a bridge may seem costly they can be a wise investment that will give many years of good service. It will also improve your appearance and bite. A bridge uses the considerable skill of the dentist and technician, and in this way, it’s similar to ordering a piece of hand-made jewellery.

How do I look after my bridge?

You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a floss threader, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.

Dentures

A denture, is a removable prosthetic device, most commonly known as false teeth. It can be worn on the top or bottom of your mouth, and can be partial or full depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced.

A denture will help to successfully return function to your mouth whilst also restoring structure to your face- by ‘padding out’ sunken facial features such as cheeks and lips- which would otherwise be supported by your natural teeth.

Today, dentures are very natural looking and fit much more comfortably and securely, often without the need for denture adhesives.

Making your denture:

It is likely to take several appointments to produce your denture. With around a week between appointments the process from start to finish should take around 4-6 weeks.

At an initial consultation, photos and x-rays may be taken and used to produce a provisional denture which is made from wax. This will be checked for comfort and fit and then used to make your final denture.

Following the fit of your denture you will need to return for a check-up appointment around a week later so that we can check you are happy.

How to get used to your dentures

It can take time to get used to your new dentures

  • Initially you may find it strange when eating- if so, stick with a softer diet for a while.
  • If your speech is affected then talk or read to yourself when you are alone –practice more difficult words over and over again.
  • You may notice a slight increase in salivary flow- this is quite normal and will improve with time.

Caring for your dentures:

With good care your dentures should last for many years.

Here are some tips to help keep your dentures in top condition:

  • Always remove them at night to allow your gums to rest.
  • Clean your dentures everyday by brushing them with a soft toothbrush and denture cream.
  • Store them in water when not being worn to stop them drying out.
  • Denture cleaning tablets should be used regularly to prevent stains.
  • Brush remaining teeth and gums.
  • Attend regular dental appointments.

If you do have any problems with your dentures please contact us immediately. It’s important for issues to be investigated early in order to prevent them developing.

These could include:

  • Pain or sore spots on the gums
  • Looseness of dentures
  • Clicking in the dentures
  • Bleeding in the gums
  • Bad breath

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