At Glen Dental in Leicester, our Leicester dentists will help you replace lost or missing teeth and restore your health and appearance
If you have lost some, or even all, of your teeth, you may already wear dentures or have been advised that they would be the best solution for you. You may feel anxious about wearing dentures for the first time or have issues with the fit of an existing denture.
If you have missing teeth you might be unhappy with your appearance; you may have difficulty eating and your speech may be affected. It is usually a good idea to fill any gaps; otherwise your other teeth may move or drift to take up some of the space and you could end up with crooked teeth. This, in turn, could affect the way you bite and could damage your other teeth.
If you lose all your teeth and do not replace them with either dentures, bridges or implants, your facial muscles will sag and this can make you look older. Without teeth it is hard to eat and speak properly. Not eating properly may mean that you could become malnourished. A complete or full denture gives support to your cheeks and lips, improves your appearance, and allows you to eat and speak properly.
Dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-coloured plastic bases. The teeth are normally made of acrylic and can be made to match your natural teeth. This is especially important in the case of partial dentures.
Partial dentures may be made of plastic, a chrome cobalt metal framework or a flexible plastic material. They can be attached to neighbouring natural teeth with metal clasps or sometimes with devices called ‘precision attachments’ which are usually less visible.
Other alternatives to dentures include having dental implants or an implant retained denture, provided your jaw bone is healthy and thick enough. If you only have a small gap, as a result of one or possibly two missing teeth, you may be able to fill the gap with a bridge. Your dentist will discuss alternative treatments with you.