Cosmetic Flexible Dentures in Loughton

Cosmetic Flexible Dentures

Patients looking for a comfortable more aesthetic alternative to traditional acrylic or metal partial/full dentures will be interested in flexible dentures available at Forest Dental.

Flexible dentures provide a more cosmetic solution for people by being more aesthetically pleasing than their traditional counterparts. We are pleased to be able to offer both Duraflex and Valplast flexible dentures.

These materials are nearly transparent and blend in with the natural gum colour in the mouth which makes them almost invisible to the naked eye. Patients looking for an alternative to dental bridges or dental implants to replace missing teeth will find these the ideal solution and compared to these above actions flexible dentures are a much more cost-effective choice.

They are also useful as a temporary measure for patients who have has a single tooth extracted and are waiting to have an implant placed as single tooth flexible dentures are more like a removable bridge and as such do not interfere with speech.

Flexible dentures and lightweight , hypoallergenic, unbreakable and are supplied with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE against fracture under normal use. They are metal free and do not require any preparation of natural teeth. As they are significantly smaller than acrylic/metal dentures they allow the patient to speak without any difficulty.

Dental patients who struggle with their dentures as a result of irregularity in their mouth shape could benefit greatly from the flexible nature due to the fact that it adjusts to each individual. Patients to do not need to worry about the denture feeling loose or dropping down during speech and as a consequence, they are hugely popular and well accepted. These dentures can be constructed very quickly typically in 3 weeks and require very few if any adjustments once they have been fitted.

If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture.

Here is how it works:

  1. A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance.
  2. After impressions are taken, a denture is designed in a dental laboratory.
  3. Dentures are made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove them for cleaning.

When you wear a denture for the first time it may take some getting used to when speaking or eating and chewing. It is important that you take extra care when conducting your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialised brushes you can use to do this.

Benefits of wearing dentures

Gum Irritation

A fixative also acts as a supporting layer between dentures and gums. It helps reduce the effects of any pressure spots, helps prevent the dentures rubbing and makes them more comfortable. A fixative will make you more confident when meeting people and eating out.

Dirty dentures are unattractive and may smell or taste unpleasant; in addition, deposits on the dentures can be harmful to the health of gums and any remaining teeth. Deposits on dentures are the same as those that occur on natural teeth and include food particles, stains, calculus (tartar) and bacterial deposits (plaque). Certain foods and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine can cause staining, as can tobacco. A denture which has plaque and tartar present will stain more quickly than a denture which is kept clean.

It is a good idea to develop a regular routine for cleaning dentures. Cleaning them at the same time as any remaining natural teeth will make sure that it is done regularly. Whatever the type of denture, it is best to rinse it after every meal and remove any debris with a soft brush, a denture cleaner and warm water. Dentures should be cleaned over a basin half filled with warm water to minimise the risk of damage they are dropped.

Brushing is the most essential aspect of cleaning a denture. Soaking a denture in a cleansing solution alone is not enough. Use a brush (a large toothbrush is fine) to reach into all the crevices of the denture, especially the fitting surface (the part that contacts your gums) and, in the case of partial dentures, inside any metal parts such as clasps. Using a specialist denture cleansing paste is probably the most effective way of removing food debris and bacterial deposits (plaque) and preventing the build-up of stains or tartar.

Deposits of tartar (a bit like the 'fur' in a kettle) are less likely if your dentures are always kept clean. However, they can be a problem for some people. No commercially available denture cleanser is effective in removing such deposits and this needs to be done professionally by your dentist or in a dental laboratory, where your dentures can easily be descaled and repolished.

Dentures made of metal and plastic

Rinse the denture thoroughly after every meal and remove debris by brushing with a soft brush, soap and warm water. In the evening, clean it thoroughly with a brush and denture cleaning paste. Do NOT soak the denture in a hypochlorite type of cleanser, an acid or household cleanser. Remove it overnight and leave it in cold water. This helps to keep your gums healthy.

Temporary soft lining materials

Sometimes the dentist may 'reline' the denture with a temporary soft lining material and this requires special care:
  • Rinse the denture after every meal with cold water.
  • After about a week or when the soft material shows signs of hardening, a soft brush may be used to assist cleaning. The denture may be soaked in a hypochlorite type of cleanser for 20 minutes and then rinsed thoroughly with cold water.
  • Remove the denture overnight and leave in cold water.
  • Do not use an alkaline peroxide type of cleanser (the ones that make 'fizzy' solutions) as this will cause the material to harden and become rough.

Permanent soft lining materials

If your denture has a permanent rubber lining:
  • Rinse the denture after every meal and remove debris by brushing with a soft brush, soap and cold water.
  • Soak the denture in a hypochlorite type of cleanser for 20 minutes every evening.
  • Rinse thoroughly and leave in cold water overnight.

Rinse the denture after every meal and remove debris by brushing with a soft brush, soap, and cold water. Soak the denture in a hypochlorite type of cleanser for 20 minutes every evening. Rinse thoroughly and leave in cold water overnight.

Commercially available denture cleansers generally fall into one of the following categories:

Paste cleansers

Paste cleansers are available in tubes, like toothpaste, but are formulated to be non-abrasive to the plastic of a denture. Many ordinary toothpastes are too abrasive to be used on plastic although perfectly suitable for natural teeth.

Alkaline peroxides

These are supplied either as a large tablet or as a powder which is dissolved in warm water to produce an effervescent solution in which dentures are soaked for a prescribed period.

Liquid cleansers

There are relatively few of these. Current products are usually based either on a dilute solution of hypochlorite (smell of chlorine or bleach) or contain a dilute acid. Neither of these types should be used on metal dentures and the manufacturer's labelling usually includes a note of caution about this.

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Forest Dental
1A Forest Road, Loughton
Essex IG10 1DR
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