Dental Crowns & Veneers
Missing teeth can cause problems with eating, drinking and speaking; they can also make you feel very self-conscious when smiling or talking to others. Left untreated, a gap in your teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift position and become unstable, eventually leading to further tooth loss. Thankfully, there are a range of treatments available to replace missing teeth, including:
Which treatment is right for you will depend on a number of factors including how many teeth are missing, the location of those teeth, your age and health and your budget. Your dentist will be able to give full advice on each suitable treatment so that you can make an informed decision about which option to choose.
What are Dentures?
Dentures can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. Depending on how many teeth you have lost or have extracted, you may need ‘complete dentures’ (which replace all the teeth on the top and/or bottom jaw) or ‘partial dentures’ (which replace one or a few missing teeth).
They are made using either acrylic (plastic) or metal and are crafted to look as much like your natural teeth as possible. They fit snugly over your gums and can be removed at any time.
Once in place, they support your cheeks, lips and facial muscles like natural teeth do, and allow you to bite, chew and speak normally.
Over time, as you age, your jaw and gums will naturally change shape and you will therefore need new dentures to be fitted regularly over the course of several years to ensure that they continue to fit properly and do not cause irritation or slip out of place. On average, dentures last 5 to 7 years before they need to be replaced.
Dentures at Dee Kay Dental
If you need new or replacement dentures, call us at our Gainsborough or Sheffield practices to arrange a consultation. We offer three types of denture, available as complete or partial sets:
- Star Quality Dentures (Basic) – basic quality acrylic is used to create functional dentures shaped like your natural teeth.
- Star Quality Dentures (High) – high quality acrylic is used to create functional dentures shaped like your natural teeth with a more natural finish.
- Star Quality Dentures (Premium) – Premium quality acrylic is used to create our most natural-looking, functional dentures.
All of our dentures are carefully crafted to fit your mouth perfectly. Impressions will be taken or our innovative iTero machine can be used to make a 3D scan of your mouth; from the impressions or scan, dentures are hand-made to create a perfect fit.
(If teeth need to be extracted, your mouth will need time to heal. Depending on your circumstances, your dentist may recommend waiting until your gums have healed before impressions or a scan is taken, so that any swelling can subside so that your dentures will fit properly; alternatively, your dentures may be fitted without delay but will need to be adjusted once your gums have healed.)
Your new dentures may take a few days to get used to but after a short time they will not only look natural they will feel and function just like real teeth.
Your dentist at Dee Kay Dental in Gainsborough or Sheffield can also discuss dental implants with you as these offer a permanent alternative to dentures. Dentures are more cost effective in the short term but as they need to be replaced roughly every 5 to 7 years, implants can ultimately offer a saving overall.
Caring for Dentures
Dentures need to be removed at night, to allow your gums to rest and remain healthy. They should be kept moist when not in your mouth, such as in a glass of water, to prevent them from drying out and changing shape.
It is very important to keep your dentures, mouth and remaining teeth clean. Brush your dentures, natural teeth and tongue twice a day as you normally would. We also recommend that you remove your dentures to soak them in a specialist denture-cleaning solution to avoid stains and to kill any bacteria missed by brushing.
Dentures can break easily if dropped: always clean them in a safe place such as from a low height over a basin or towel.
How Much do Dentures Cost?
Our dentures cost from just £315. The cost will depend on which type of dentures you opt for and how many teeth need to be replaced; your dentist can give you a personalised quote before commencing work.
Get in Touch
If you are missing teeth or need to have some teeth extracted, call us or use our Smile Evaluation form and one of our friendly team will arrange a consultation with one of our specialist dentists. Your dentist will examine your mouth and give you personalised advice about the treatment options available bearing in mind your preferences, how many teeth need to be replaced, and your budget.