There are many different types of denture problems such as:
- Difficulty in chewing
- Embarrassing looseness
- Pain and discomfort
- Poor appearance
Sometimes the problem is simply that the teeth do not look natural or are very different from how the natural teeth used to be. These problems can arise in complete or partial dentures.
The causes of denture problems are also many and varied.
- After many years without teeth the gums can be very shrunken and so cannot support dentures very well.
- The mouth can be dry because of medical conditions or medicines that are taken leading to discomfort and looseness.
- A great many problems arise because of the original denture design.
Solutions to denture problems
Finding a solution to your denture problem will of course depend on a thorough examination of your mouth, gums and any remaining teeth. We will also want to discuss the history of your denture problems before making a diagnosis. There is a lot which can be done. For example:
- Special impression techniques are available to minimise the effect of shrunken gums
- We can design your new denture to fit your mouth accurately and increase retention.
- We can take special recordings of the way that your jaw moves so that the new teeth can be set in harmony with your natural jaw movements
- We can use special soft linings that minimise discomfort
- We can use photographs or other records to place your new teeth in a position that looks right for you
- Most-importantly we adhere to the best basic principles of denture construction to avoid design problems late on.
In the most difficult cases we can use dental implants to dramatically increase the stability of dentures or replace individual missing teeth.
A very common problem with complete dentures is that the upper denture is fine but the lower moves around causing discomfort and embarrassment. A very good solution for this is to place two dental implants into the lower jaw. These are like artificial roots and are permanently placed. We can then attach small press studs to the implants. These fix into the underside of the lower denture and lead to a very stable, retentive denture indeed.
What happens at the first visit?
Firstly we will want to know about your medical history. This is so that we can treat you safely. Also a medical condition or tablets can sometimes be a very important cause of denture problems. We will talk about the history of your denture problems and discuss what improvements you would like to see.
We will carry out a thorough and complete examination of your mouth, gums and any remaining teeth. We can also learn a lot by looking at your previous dentures. We may need to take x-rays to complete the picture. Once we have all this information we can assess the causes of the denture problems and make a diagnosis. There is never only one way to solve a denture problem and we will discuss the options with you.
We make two promises to denture patients
- Your dentures are a matter between you and your dental practice. We will never discuss your case with anyone. Your privacy will be respected.
- We will not start any treatment before discussing the costs with you. You will be given written quotation and we will keep a copy.
The stages in constructions of dentures
This depends very much on the case and will vary from person to person. However the typical complete denture case goes like this:
Visit 1- Examination and treatment planning
Visit 2- First impressions
Visit 3- Second impressions in individually made impression trays
Registration of the way that you bite together. Choose size, shape, colour, position and arrangement of teeth
Visit 4- Trial dentures in wax. We check that everything about the dentures is satisfactory and give you the opportunity to make any final changes.
Visit 6- Fit dentures and make any adjustments
Visit 7- Review of dentures and any further adjustments.