Are you in the Surrey area and looking for a new set of dentures or maybe your first ever denture? No matter what your dentures needs are we can help you.
With on-site dental technicians, we can add a new tooth to an existing denture on the same day.
Keeping your dentures clean and looking new is down to habit. It is a good idea to get into the habit of cleaning your dentures every day. Brushing them with a soft brush and non-abrasive denture cream after each meal you have.
Strong chemicals and specialist products available from the pharmacy often do more damage than good.
Please seek professional guidance before attempting to clean your dentures with these substances.
Regular cleaning can help to:
1) Prevent unattractive and unhealthy plaque build-up.
2) Avoid denture breath.
3) Eliminate the need for strong cleaning substances that often damage dentures.
Dentures should be cleaned at least twice a day with toothpaste or a mild detergent.
If a detergent or washing liquid is used please ensure you rinse thoroughly.
So many dentures are broken while being cleaned and really it is quite simple to prevent this. When cleaning, half fill the washbasin with water so that if the dentures slip from your hands the water will tend to cushion the fall. The fragile lower denture should not be held in the palm of the hand as you could squeeze it and break it in half; hold it with two fingers and the thumb.
* Do not clean your dentures by soaking in bleach or boiling water.
* Do not use any toothpaste with an abrasive action or a brush which is too hard. This results in unneccesary wear and tear on the plastics and eventually results in a loose set of teeth. If your dentures become heavily stained they can be professionally cleaned and re-polished for a small charge.
This is mainly up to you, but if you find that your jaws or your muscles of the face ache by over-closing your jaws without the dentures in, leave them in. On the other hand, if you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep, it will reduce the breakdown of your gums if you take the dentures out. If in doubt ask, but in most cases, it is best to leave them out at night. Partial dentures should be left out at night. Dentures will dehydrate, so leave them in a glass of water or sealed plastic container over night.
Sometimes when too much shrinkage occurs in the gums supporting your dentures, the lower jaw can get out of its proper relationship with the upper jaw. This can sometimes lead to a number of problems. The facial muscles can virtually collapse, giving the appearance of premature ageing, with old and wrinkled features. Here a carefully designed denture can often help improve matters.
It is up to you, the denture wearer to make sure your dentures are the very best possible fit and are in the best condition. By following the advice on this page and regularly returning to your denturist/dental prosthetist for a check-up you will be among Britain's happier, healthier looking denture wearers, instead of the dental cripples so many choose to be.
Some other symptoms which may occur due to wearing an old or worn-out denture include:
*A Clicking or Snapping Noise when Chewing
*A Dull Pain in and about the Ears
*Cracked or Continually Sore Corners of the Mouth
As with any expensive, delicate object, your denture needs to be handled with care, just like natural teeth, dentures can chip and break if subjected to sufficient stress. A natural tooth can be chipped or broken when bumped on a hard object and your denture is no different. Your denture should be safe whilst in your mouth, provided you avoid biting into hard, brittle foods.
Due to metabolic changes, the tissue of the mouth often becomes very irritable, sore and easily damaged. They frequently act unfavourably to the pressure of dentures. Healing is also slower than in younger patients. An elderly patient is much less able to adapt to new dentures and extra patience will be needed.
Partial dentures need as much attention as full dentures, usually more. The fit, care and hygeine of partial dentures is very important to the well-being of the remaining natural teeth.
Because partial dentures can trap food which will decay your natural teeth, you should remove the denture after eating. Then brush both it and your own teeth well to remove all traces off food particles before they have a chance to act on your normal teeth.
If the partial denture is a bad fit it can severely damage the gums supporting your natural teeth. A poor fit can cause bleeding, soreness and swelling of the gums and you should seek attention to improve the fit.
When removing your denture from your mouth never force it out by pulling on any delicate clasps, as you risk ruining the fit or even breaking it.