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Denture / False Teeth FAQs

Some common questions asked by those wearing or considering wearing new dentures and false teeth are listed below to help you make the right choices. If you cannot find your questions or queries answered on this page about dentures or false teeth, please contact us for denture or false teeth advice.

» Is it necessary to replace missing teeth?

Leaving gaps between your natural teeth can affect your speech and your ability to eat and chew properly. Gaps between teeth can also make your smile look less attractive, which can affect your self confidence.

Replacing any missing teeth improves your smile, can make you look younger and more attractive and can also improve the variety of food you can eat. This can lead to an overall improvement in your health as you are able to have a more balanced diet.

» How soon can I have a denture fitted after my teeth are taken out?

Usually dentures can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed, this type of denture is called an immediate denture.

With immediate dentures you don’t have to be without teeth while your gums are healing. However, bone and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first six months after your teeth have been taken out. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need relining, adjusting or even replacing. Sometimes it is advisable to wait until your gums are healed before having your dentures.

» Will I look different with dentures?

At Neem Dental Clinic we design your new dentures to be as natural looking as possible, so when you smile your new dentures will look like real teeth not false teeth. We use gender specific tooth shapes and colours that will compliment your gender, age and personality.

We will position your new denture teeth where your natural ones once existed, providing you with the correct lip and facial support. If you are having partial dentures, we will design these dentures to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth and facial features so your smile will look as natural as possible.

» What are the different types of dentures?

There are two main groups of dentures: complete or full dentures and partial dentures. Complete or full dentures replace all of your natural teeth in either your upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are used to replace some of your teeth in either your upper or lower jaw.

There are a number of different types of dentures, including light alloy, flexible and plastic dentures; you can discuss the different types of denture with us at Neem Dental Clinic, as some types may be more suitable for your individual needs than others. Immediate dentures are used to replace the teeth immediately after they have been lost or extracted; they are replaced once the permanent set of dentures has been manufactured and the gum tissue has healed.

» How long will it take to make me some new dentures?

The time it takes to provide you with your new natural looking dentures varies and depends upon a range of factors, including the complexity of your treatment and the type of dentures chosen. We provide a New Dentures in 1 – 2 weeks for those patients who require new natural looking dentures within a shorter time frame.

» How long will my dentures last?

It is impossible to give an exact length of time that dentures will last an individual and some individuals dentures may last a lot longer than other peoples. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may need new dentures:

  • Have you started to use a denture adhesive or are your dentures loose for any reason?
  • Are you are no longer happy with your smile?
  • Do you feel that your dentures are no longer giving you facial support?
  • Are your dentures making your mouth sore?
  • Have had one or more denture repairs?
  • Have your denture teeth and acrylic (plastic) become worn and stained?

» Will I be able to eat all of my favorite foods with new dentures?

Eating with new dentures is an acquired skill and takes time, patience, and practice to become comfortable and efficient. It may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to learn how best to eat with new dentures. Some foods may be more difficult to eat, such as corn on the cob or apples, and require caution when eating.

It will also take longer to finish a meal when dentures are new. By choosing easy-to-chew foods at first, it will help gradually strengthen muscles and prepare them for more difficult and tougher foods later on

» What’s the best way to clean my dentures?

Cleaning your dentures every day is important for good oral hygiene. If you don’t, plaque and bacteria can form on them leading to oral health problems. We recommend cleaning dentures thoroughly twice a day and after eating when necessary. At Neem Dental Clinic, we recommend the following procedures are followed:

  • The general rule to cleaning your dentures is:brush, soak, brush.
  • Your dentures are breakable, so always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
  • Brush your dentures thoroughly before soaking, to remove loose food particles. Use cool or warm water. But never use hot water – it can warp your dentures.
  • Soak your dentures in a denture cleaner, if required. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
  • Apply a denture cleaning paste to a moistened denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush. However, never use conventional toothpaste as this can permanently damage your dentures. Brush all surfaces thoroughly. Avoid using brushes with stiff bristles, as these bristles can damage the denture material.
  • Brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled regular toothbrush to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Rinse your dentures, then reinsert them.
  • At Neem Dental Clinic we recommend you leave your dentures out at night, as this allows your gums to rest. Whilst you sleep at night, soak your dentures in a cleanser or water. If you use a denture cleanser, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. However, if you feel more comfortable sleeping with your dentures in, please clean your dentures thoroughly before retiring to bed.
  • Please remember that if you use any kind of denture adhesive this needs to be removed daily.
  • DO NOT use very hot water or any type of bleaching product to clean your dentures.
  • If you notice a build up of stains or scales, then we can clean your dentures professionally for you at Neem Dental Clinic.

» Will new dentures affect my speech?

When adjusting to new dentures, some patients find their speech can alter slightly (especially pronouncing “s” and “f” sounds), whilst getting used to the new shape of their dentures (false teeth); this is only a short term inconvenience.

We recommend reading aloud and to practice counting the numbers 65 up to 70 as these sounds can be the hardest to get used to.

It is also usual for denture wearers to produce more saliva, which can also affect speech, when getting used to a new set of dentures. This inconvenience is again short term, which will be resolved once your mouth becomes accustomed to the new dentures. We recommend swallowing more regularly and sipping water more often. Or alternatively, try sucking on a boiled sweet or mint.

» Should I wear my dentures at night?

Generally it is considered best to remove dentures at night; this is to give your gums a chance to rest. It is especially ideal to leave your dentures out at night if you grind your teeth, as this causes more pressure against your gums. However, some patients are embarrassed about removing their dentures in front of their partner and therefore prefer to wear their dentures at night. If this is the case then we would recommend two things:

  • Firstly, please make sure you clean your dentures thoroughly before you go to sleep and when you wake up.
  • Secondly, we would recommend that you remove your dentures for some period of the day if you can’t leave them out at night. At least once a day you should remove your teeth and brush your mouth and gums with a very soft toothbrush. This stimulates circulation and maintains healthy tissue.

If you do remove your dentures at night, please remember to store them in a small amount of cold water to stop them from drying out and warping. Please do not place your dentures in hot water, as this will damage them.

» How should I look after my dentures?

At Neem Dental Clinic, we only ever use a high impact denture acrylic (plastic), which means the dentures we make are less likely to break when they are dropped. However, no denture can be guaranteed against breakages. We therefore recommend you follow some simple steps to reduce the likelihood of damage occurring to your dentures. Dentures should be looked after carefully.

  • Your dentures (false teeth) are breakable, so always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
  • It is extremely important that your dentures are kept moist and are not allowed to dry out, this is to prevent them distorting. However, if your dentures become dry please soak them in a glass of clean fresh water before wearing your dentures again.
  • Some patients prefer not to wear their dentures at night. In this instance, please place your dentures carefully into clean fresh water or into your preferred denture soak. If you use a denture cleanser overnight, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
  • Dentures should be rinsed and cleaned on a regular basis.

» Will my new dentures be comfortable?

Initially, dentures may take a little getting used to. At Neem Dental Clinic we design your new dentures to fit you as precisely and as comfortable as possible and there are various materials we can use when making your new dentures to try and make them as comfortable as possible for you.

However, whilst your mouth and gums adjust to these new dentures, it is possible that sore spots or ulcers may develop during the first few days of wear. This can be relieved by slight adjustments to the denture surface. It is NEVER advisable to try and adjust dentures yourself. If you are experiencing sore spots contact us and we will arrange for an appointment to adjust your dentures (false teeth).

» Will my new dentures look like natural teeth?

Yes, we can you make you natural looking dentures that will not just replace the natural teeth you have lost, but they will look so natural they’ll look part of you.

» Contact Us – False Teeth FAQs

We have tried to answer some common questions asked by those wearing or considering wearing new dentures and false teeth to help you make the right choices. If you cannot find your questions or queries answered on this page about dentures or false teeth, please contact us for denture or false teeth advice.

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Have you thought of helping a loved one with a new denture? A new denture can sometimes represent a significant investment for our friends or relatives.

Dentures are typically constructed to replace missing teeth. They serve to enhance the look of your smile and appearance. There are many different kinds of dentures. However, fitting partial dentures is a viable option for a more natural look. These dentures are easily adapted to almost any jaw bone and can be inserted quickly and easily.

Here are some of the best reasons why a new denture will be much appreciated as a Best Gift:

  • A new denture can greatly improve your loved one’s lifestyle.
  • Dentures support facial muscles and structures. They decrease oral bone loss.
  • Dentures have also been shown to improve self-esteem in patients.
  • Your loved one will be able to eat a wider variety of foods.
  • A denture can enhance your facial features.
  • Another great advantage of a denture: ability to speak clearer.

A new denture is a special and thoughtful gift. If you have any questions on how you can help with a new denture, do not hesitate to contact us at 020 8423 2523. Our staff is always happy to listen and help.

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Acrylic is a type of plastic material that can be used in the creation of Acrylic dentures

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Flexible dentures are very gentle on your gums. They’re also gentler on your gums because they don’t have metal hooks and clasps, and they don’t have any sharp, rigid edges. Flexible dentures are also less likely to be dislodged by chewing.

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Cobalt Chrome Denture

Cobalt chrome dentures have a metal base plate or framework that sits on and around the natural teeth onto which we attach denture teeth with acrylic.

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Flexible Dentures: What Do They Offer?

Flexible dentures are said to be the next best thing if a patient doesn’t want to try out regular dentures. Why? Because the product rids itself of the problems that come when owning or using regular dentures.

Let’s look at all the qualities of Flexible Dentures that trumps those found in regular dentures:

Comfort – the tough and rigid exterior of regular dentures makes it uncomfortable especially for new users. Well, a flexible denture replaces this tough exterior with a flexible one those allowing it stretch accordingly.

No More Slipping – because its foundation is a lot more flexible, this allows the product to cling to the gums better than regular dentures. The latter has always had this problem of setting loose especially in times of chewing or speech.

Aesthetic – since the material of a flexible denture is clearer, this allows the natural color of your gums to show. A more natural look equals a better aesthetic overall.

The basics of flexible dentures

Most dentures are made from metal or a hard resin. This has both benefits and drawbacks. Traditional dentures are durable and don’t need a ton of care. They have a strong base that holds its shape. But they take some getting used to, as they often have to be held in place with the cheeks and tongue. They often require adhesive to make sure they stay in place. And hard dentures are brittle. If they’re dropped or smacked hard enough they’ll shatter and become unusable. Metal dentures are more durable but less comfortable.

If you only have a partial denture, you can use a flexible nylon one instead. This has several advantages. They don’t take as long as regular dentures to manufacture. If you drop them you don’t have to worry about them shattering.

Flexible dentures tend to hold to the gum better than regular dentures, and often don’t need adhesive or other measures that are used to hold on traditional styles. They’re also the best option for people that are allergic to the materials in traditional dentures. Others might have difficulty opening their mouth enough to insert a regular denture. Flexible dentures may be the only option.

Dr. V. Ananthasayanan
Dr. Ananthasayanan qualified from Sheffield University. Mr. Sayanan has over 40 years of experience in dental practice. His special interests are advanced cosmetic dentistry include, Veneers, Crown and bridgework, Composite bonding, modern removable dentures and root canal therapy.
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Valplast Flexible Partials

Valplast Flexible Partials are known for years as the best nylon based metal free solution for partial dentures, comfortable and cosmetic choice for tooth replacement. Flexibility, combined with strength and light weight provides total comfort and great looks for any dental patient. 

Most people have a pretty clear idea of what dentures look like – replica teeth on a rigid framework that fits against your gums and the roof of your mouth.

Flexible dentures are a little different. As the name suggests, they are made of more flexible materials, which creates a thinner, lighter, flexible framework.

There are several benefits to wearing flexible dentures:

  • They can be more comfortable for people who find rigid dentures uncomfortable to wear.
  • Many wearers find them more aesthetically appealing because of how the flexible framework hides well inside the mouth.
  • They are an affordable option for wearers on a wide range of budgets.

We would be happy to discuss flexible dentures with you if you’d like to talk to one of our consultants about the differences and whether flexible dentures are right for you.

More benefits of flexible dentures

Some of the benefits of flexible dentures come from the way they fit alongside your existing natural teeth.

There are several characteristics that wearers often find preferable with flexible dentures:

  • No need for metal clasps to hold flexible dentures in place.
  • No need to alter or drill your natural teeth to make room for a metal framework.
  • Aesthetically more pleasing clasps

Again, these come down to the aesthetics and comfort of your new flexible dentures, and can have a big impact on peace of mind for the wearer.

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‘Hybrid Chrome Partials’ is a ‘New’ combination of ‘Removable Partials’ that incorporates the accuracy, strength and durability of ‘Cobalt Chrome’ and the inconspicuous aesthetics and flexibility of ‘Valplast® Flexible Clasps’ and is used as an alternative for acrylic partial dentures and ‘Cobalt Chrome Dentures’ where ‘Aesthetics’ is optimum and no metal clasps should be visible.

‘Valplast® Flexible Clasps’ have a unique clasping system, the ‘Flexible Clasps’ are translucent with natural gingival shades and provides ‘Retention’ and ‘Reciprocation’ that blend in naturally with gingiva.

‘Cobalt Chrome’ is the gold standard in ‘Removable Prosthetics’ for its yield and tensile strength, durability, accuracy with various non-invasive ‘Major Connector’ designs and is used with acrylics and now ‘Valplast® Flexible Clasps’ for the ‘Small Connectors’.

‘Valplast® Flexible Clasps’ and ‘Cobalt Chrome Partials’ are both ‘Thin’, ‘Comfortable’ and ‘East To Adapt To’ and with a combination of both, it adds ‘Flexibility’, ‘Aesthetics’, ‘Strength and Durability’ with ‘Accuracy’.

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Established in 2017 and based in the heart of Harrow/South Harrow, we have spent over 4 years providing a high quality of affordable dental care to over 2.5k patients since we opened.

Neem Dental Clinic, Harrow is OPEN, Monday to Saturday, and we are taking all possible precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and patients while we continue your dental care.

Please attend your appointment alone, ideally wearing a mask and use our hand gel/washing facilities. If you don’t have a mask we will be more than happy to provide you with one while in the waiting area. Our clinical staff are using the latest PPE in the form of positive air pressure respirators and air purification systems to provide you with complete protection + ease.

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Flexible dentures are a type of partial denture, which are typically constructed of nylon, or other thin thermoplastics, which differ significantly from the thicker, harder acrylic that is often used in normal dentures. This helps make these types of dentures a lot more bendable and flexible, giving rise to their popular name.

As flexible dentures are made up of softer, more comfortable materials, people of all ages often prefer them over regular dentures. However, it is always best to consult with your dentist or denture technician with regards to which type of dentures will best suit you, your needs and requirements.

Losing your teeth can be difficult, but it doesn’t necessarily mean saying goodbye to your smile. There are a range of denture options to choose from, accommodating a variety of different people, teeth and mouth types.

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