Dentures

The advantages of having dentures; a guide by Meadowbank Dental Practice

There are many reasons why an individual may lose their teeth.

In a world full of high contact sports and other rough and tumble activities, losing a tooth or teeth is common and for many sports fanatics, may be unavoidable.

Dentures in EdinburghHowever, when a person loses several teeth through illness or decay, it can have much more damaging implications. Being able to chew hard food can become a very real challenge so nutrition suffers. Couple that with the unavoidable knock to confidence suffered by those with several missing teeth and it has a very detrimental impact on well-being.

Luckily, modern dentistry has the solution to either partial loss or loss of all natural teeth; dentures in Edinburgh.

Pros of having dentures

Once associated only with the elderly, dentures in Edinburgh offer a practical solution to tooth loss for individuals who may not be able to afford implants and cannot maintain their natural teeth.

Dentures are made from a hard-wearing material, so they are very hardy and durable.  Your dentist will take an impression of your gum line and sculpt your dentures to fit it perfectly, allowing for maximum comfort and security.

However, there are many other practical solutions for choosing dentures too.

Easy to use

When you have dentures fitted, your dentist will advise you on the best way to maintain them to keep them looking brand new.

Luckily, maintenance of dentures is fairly straightforward and requires minimal commitment. Perfect for those who may struggle with mobility or memory loss.

Temporomandibular joint disorder

When you chew your food, you are using both your upper and lower jaws to grind it up and if there is an issue affecting the movement of your jaws, this can create problems with chewing and swallowing food.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMJ) occurs when there is an issue with moving both of your jaws in unison. This is commonly the result of an injury or problem with the joint connecting the bottom jaw to the skull. This disorder not only causes pain, but can create a choking hazard too.

When a person is fitted with dentures, there is no strain on their jaws; they fit together as they did when the person had natural teeth. Now the person can also chew properly, keeping their jaws active, thus reducing the risk of TMJ.

Bite

An individual who has multiple gaps in their teeth or has no teeth is not able to chew food correctly. This can lead to issues with chewing, issues with confidence when eating and even TMJ (see above).

Dentures will allow you to, not only bite into whatever food you desire, but correct and strengthen your bite too, making eating easier and more enjoyable.

Dentures in Edinburgh have been hailed as the gold standard for reversing the effects of tooth loss for centuries and at Meadowbank Dental, we help patients every day to maintain their dentures and are happy to offer practical advice.

Contact us today for more information.

Are dentures in Edinburgh the solution for you?

Nobody wants to live a life feeling unhappy due to missing teeth.  Smiling and laughing are two of the most important things we do as human beings, so to live without these joys or even struggling to eat the food you want, is most definitely not fun!

Dentures in EdinburghIt can be very stressful when you realise that you may need to look at options for the treatment of your missing teeth, but why not call us at Meadowbank Dental? We have all the answers to almost every dental problem.

You may have lost teeth due to a number of reasons including, tooth decay, gum disease or even an accident, but don’t worry!  Modern-day dentures offer a solution that look like your natural teeth and can help to restore both your self-confidence and your self-esteem.

What exactly are dentures in Edinburgh?

Dentures are artificial teeth that can be removed for cleaning and are made from a variety of optional materials such as nylon, metal or acrylic. They are crafted by technicians specifically for the patient, to fit very snugly over the area where the teeth are missing. There are many options for patients who need dentures.  If all the teeth need to be replaced, a complete set of dentures in Edinburgh could be the solution, these would replace the upper and lower teeth. For those who only have one or a couple of teeth missing, partial dentures or individual artificial teeth could suffice.

Why bother with dentures?

The gaps where teeth used to be can be a place where food is easily caught and this leads to tooth decay if not cleaned properly.   Dentures may help with talking and eating and could boost your confidence no end, as they manage to bring your perfect smile back to your face!

How comfortable is this treatement?

As with anything new, when you wear dentures initially, you will need a little bit of time to get used to them, especially when chewing or smiling, but soon this will not be a problem. Always ensure that you have a good oral cleaning routine, so that you avoid tooth decay and gum disease.  Our hygienist is specialised in this area and will show you the best way to make sure that your artificial teeth are always sparkling and your breath fresh!

And relax …

If you feel that you need a solution for missing teeth, come and speak to us about all the options available to you. We have ample practitioners with many years of experience in providing dentures and who will allay any worries you have about the treatment.

With strong oral health care conducted by yourself at home and regular checks on your new teeth from your dentist, your artificial new teeth should last for many years.

So maybe it is time for you to make the best of all the dental technology that we have to offer  and embrace a new set of teeth and a confident new you in the process!

Now what?

It can be pretty distressing when you start to lose your teeth and get to the point that you need artificial teeth to replace them. One tried and tested way to replace teeth that has been around, and constantly evolving, for centuries is dentures. In Edinburgh, you can get really well-fitting dentures from us at Meadowbank Dental.

Dentures in EdinburghDentures can replace either some or all of your teeth, and they work by adhering to your gums by suction. This means that they need to fit very snugly, so the secret to really good dentures is the measuring and fitting process. If you have had to have teeth removed as part of the denture process, your gums will be sore and swollen for a while, and we need to take this into account when we fit your dentures. What we like to do is fit them and then get you back in a while so that we can refit them to fit your healed gums.

Getting used to dentures

There’s a skill to wearing dentures, and it can take a wee while to get it down pat. First of all, you’ve got something foreign in your mouth and it can feel like it’s taking up an awful lot of space, to start with. You will soon adjust to this though and your denture plate will become part of the furniture, so to speak.

Eating with dentures in is a bit of an art. You may find that you need to cut your food into smaller pieces than before, and you may also find that you need to cut up fruit rather than simply biting into it. Other foods may get under your plate and it’s a good idea to experiment with different foods at home before trying them out in restaurants and cafés.

Your new dentures should not move around in your mouth, but some people find that at first, they shift a bit when they yawn and sneezing can dislodge them too.

Denture stabilisation

If you find that your dentures continue to move around, you can get them stabilised by having special dental implants fitted into your jawbone and attaching the dentures to them.