Nearly a fifth of adults in the UK (19%) have full or partial dentures, otherwise known as removable false teeth. Their popularity comes down to the fact that they are the least expensive way to replace eating function and restore appearance when teeth have been lost.
They can work very well as an affordable solution to tooth loss, and denture technology has improved so that problems associated with a poor fit that can affect speech, chewing and comfort, and full coverage of the palate that affects taste, have largely been addressed.
One solution is removable telescopic dentures which clip firmly onto reinforced gold crowns, secure enough to support artificial teeth without the need for clasps or denture fixative.
Benefits of telescopic dentures
- Superior fit to partial dentures with clasps — solid, with no rocking
- Cost effective alternative to dental implants, and a simpler procedure as no bone graft is necessary
- A long term option even if you loose further teeth, as they can be easily adjusted
- A simple way to improve your speech and taste your food again, because they don’t cover your palate
- A reliable way to improve your chewing ability so you can eat the food you like again
- Easy to insert and remove to clean
Another popular modern option is dentures that are fixed to dental implants. Dental implants function as replacement tooth roots that anchor your dentures securely into your jaw, giving a solid fit that prevents movement.
Once the implants have healed and fused to the jawbone we fit a series of press stud-type attachments which allow your denture to click and lock firmly into place.
Benefits of implant-retained dentures
- Enjoy all the foods you love again — steaks, apples, sandwiches
- Improved self-esteem
- Regained confidence in social situations
- Improved comfort, appearance and function
- Improved taste and speech
Partial dentures may also be used to replace one or more teeth in an arch and can be anchored to natural teeth with metal clasps, although it may be necessary to modify the shape of the natural teeth to ensure the denture fits comfortably. As well as improving appearance and chewing, a partial denture may also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position, which can lead to further tooth loss.