The Cosmetic Denture Clinic at Hunts Cross Dental Centre in association with Andrew Lindley at Bay One Denture Clinic has been created to give additional benefits to denture wearers who are unhappy with the appearance and fit of their existing dentures. A lot of our clients find that the dentures they are currently using whether they are a complete top and bottom denture or a partial denture are unsatisfactory for reasons of fit or appearance.
A denture, while it can never replace natural teeth, should be comfortable to wear and have an appearance that blends in with the facial shape so it is not obvious that a denture is being worn. We understand these needs and this is why we have created the Cosmetic Denture Clinic.
On your initial visit to our clinic you will usually see our consultants Ben or James, where they will get to know you and your denture history. It is so important to us to understand what it is you would like from your new denture, and it is at this time that we spend some time talking to you and getting a complete history of your previous denture wearing and any problems you have had. If we can identify your problems then we are a lot closer to solving them! If you wish to come and see us about a new set of dentures, when you book an initial consultation please ask to come and see us in the Cosmetic Denture Clinic so we ensure we have the time to spend with you. After this you may then be referred to our in-house Clinical Denture Technician Andrew Lindley, where you will journey through the stages of creating a truly bespoke and hand made, custom-fitting denture with any level of cosmetic customisation you desire.
You may wonder what it is that we do that is different from a lot of other dentists?
We work in association with Bay One denture clinic who are essentially experts in the field. Andrew Lindley, pictured below, Bay One’s Clinical Denture Technician has 25 years experience of hand crafting bespoke and precision dentures. Currently in the UK this service is relatively new, and there are still very few Clinical Denture Technicians who work within a dental practice, so why not find out if you’re suitable to take advantage of this state of the art service.
So much of ensuring your satisfaction is creating the denture by hand in the clinic so you can see how we can change and customise your appearance, and we can build in small features which can make your new denture look so natural. We can offer you a wide choice of different types and styles of teeth for your new denture and these will be decided upon together so you know exactly what your denture will look like. It can be very useful to bring in any photographs of how your natural teeth used to be so Andrew can recreate your natural tooth arrangement in the new dentures.
We can also shade and contour the base of the denture to match you skin and gum tones, to avoid the overall pink plastic appearance that so many dentures have.
So whether it is a new partial denture or a complete denture why not call us and see what we can do for you.
How often should I have new dentures?
A well designed and made denture can last many years, the materials do however wear away and discolour with time. People with no teeth lose on average 1/2mm of jawbone height each year. The ridges in your mouth also shrink as well as the jawbones by up to 7mm in 10 years. This is what makes a well fitting denture become loose, move when you talk and give you sore spots under it.
Some of the denture pads and adhesives available from retailers can help in the short term, but it is reasonable to expect that a denture needs to be replaced about every 5 years.
Will my new dentures look different to my old dentures?
A denture is custom made and so we can make it exactly as you would like it to be. However it is never recommended to change your appearance too much, so we aim to make your new denture look brighter, give your lips and cheeks a bit more support if needed to try and remove any wrinkles that may be developing. This is done in a way that harmonises the appearance of old and new together, so that the denture looks better without looking too different.
Types of denture
Dentures are made of a very hard plastic, custom fitted to impressions taken of your mouth. The teeth which have been chosen are fitted to this base. The choice of teeth available now is numerous, and we will always offer you the teeth that we think will be most suitable for your smile and face. During the visits you will have the opportunity to see the denture at a trial stage. If any alterations are necessary we can then make them before the denture is completed
The type of denture most suited to you personally, will be considered with you at your consultation visit. Acrylic is the most cost effective base material and is usually most suitable for complete upper dentures, it can have teeth easily added to if it is deemed that the remaining teeth have a limited lifespan. Cobalt Chrome dentures are made of a metal base material which is strong and well fitting, often avoiding the need for coverage of the palate. Cobalt chrome can incorporate clasps or clips to secure the denture to existing teeth, although these teeth must be in good condition. Valplast is the third type of denture we provide. This is a flexible yet strong material, suitable for partial dentures with certain arrangements of natural teeth. However it is very difficult to add teeth to, and can have less of a lifespan than the other types of denture materials due to being prone to staining.
Partial dentures often have a reputation for being troublesome, they may only replace a few teeth, yet feel quite large in your mouth. The traditional plastic partial denture can also have a tendency to have teeth break off. It is a fact that over half of all lower partial dentures made are never worn!
To make a tight denture we have always either had to put clasps on a denture, or made the whole partial denture out of a material such as Chrome Cobalt. These are very strong, and generally fit very well, they are now also available with tooth coloured clasps to clip the denture to any existing teeth and help to prevent movement while speaking or eating.
We have more recently introduced a revolutionary new material into our denture making. It has been available in the USA for many years, but has more recently been introduced to the UK. The Valplast® Flexible Partial denture is a virtually unbreakable removable partial denture that many people find very comfortable. It is suitable for certain arrangements of missing teeth. These lightweight partials are almost invisible, and totally eliminate metal clasps. They are made from a strong, durable plastic that snaps securely into place around your existing teeth and gums. The plastic is so strong that a partial made from it can be very thin, getting rid of the old bulky feeling that partials dentures used to have. The colour and shade of Valplast® partials blends in well with the natural appearance of your gums making them unnoticeable
How should I clean my dentures?
Ordinary toothpastes should be avoided; dentures are made of softer materials than enamel of natural teeth. The abrasives in toothpaste can scratch the surface of the dentures. A common fault is to clean dentures in hot water, this is very damaging to a denture and will bleach the pink plastic turning it white over time. Only ever use lukewarm water. One of the most effective denture cleaners is called Dentural, this liquid will remove plaque from your denture and also keep it largely stain free. If you have never tried Dentural it is highly recommended by us, and if you have difficulty finding it in your local retailer we always keep stocks at our dental centre.
What does a denture cost?
The cost of a denture depends on the type of base material used, the quality of the teeth used, and the time and expertise of the clinician. A truly bespoke and cosmetic denture takes many hours of work to create and naturally the cost is higher than for a “standard” denture. We will discuss all these likely costs with you on your first consultation. A typical, standard set of dentures will normally cost from £500; a truly bespoke cosmetic denture made by Andrew Lindley at Bay One will start from £1400, reflecting the highest level of skill, expertise and customisation that will go into creating the dentures. A Valplast partial denture is available from £425 to allow everyone to experience this amazing material, and cobalt chrome dentures are available from £595 per arch. In terms of teeth, the cheapest teeth tend to look flat and lifeless, wear rapidly, chip and look tired after a short period of time. The very best teeth are highly natural in appearance, we use Enigma Life teeth in our cosmetic dentures, which are a high quality brand of excellence in the industry. In between there are many extremely good acrylic teeth to choose from. We will always show you the different types and help you to select the ones that match your facial shape and gum and skin shades to give a life-like appearance.