Members of the public with missing teeth as a result of general ageing, infection, trauma or tooth wear may find their ideal solution in metal dentures, which remain in place without the use of denture adhesive gel.
What are metal dentures made from?
Although the idea of a metal denture may be daunting to many people, the use of metal dentures could provide a number of benefits to the lives of denture wearers who have experienced a lack of confidence due to an unattractive smile or previously loose plastic denture.
The fixtures are manufactured with a medical-grade alloy, which is hypoallergenic to ensure wearers do not suffer from an allergic reaction as a result of the material.
A primary benefit of wearing metal dentures is the fact that they are custom-made to ensure it is compatible with the tissue of the mouth in a bid to completely remove the risk of allergic reactions or gum irritations.
Metal dentures which are available from Pearl Dental Clinic, have the option of having tooth coloured clasps rather than metal clasps. The clasps help to improve the denture retention within the mouth and their tooth coloured nature will mean that they will be very discreet.
What are the advantages of metal dentures?
Metal dentures are usually smaller than plastic dentures and do not fully cover the roof of the mouth as plastic dentures do. As a result of the roof of the mouth being left uncovered, this improves the taste sensation for the denture wearer, so the patient can taste foods better than if the roof of the mouth was fully covered.
In addition, the durable nature of the metal appliances means that they are less likely to break or bend out of shape than a number of their more fragile plastic denture alternatives. The fact that they are flexible may prove to be beneficial as a result of the changing shape of the mouth.
Your Pearl Dental Clinic practitioner is able to use the appliance alongside alternative materials, such as plastic or flexible dentures, to ensure they fit in the mouth well and result in the maximum amount of comfort for the wearer. This often means that metal dentures last longer than traditional forms of plastic denture replacement.
Additionally, the snug fit of the appliance when it is placed into the mouth means it is very comfortable to wear, which could bring relief for people who have been worried about the feeling of an alien object in their mouth for a long period of time.
Although metal dentures may be more expensive than a number of alternative treatments, the long-lasting nature of the installation may make it worthwhile for individuals looking to improve their quality of life.
What is the procedure for getting a metal denture?
Initially we will assess your teeth to make sure that a metal denture is the right treatment for you. If it is, we will then take impressions of your teeth and gums and ask the dental laboratory to produce your custom made metal denture.
If the metal denture is small (i.e. replacing 1-3 teeth), the laboratory can produce the denture without any further information. If the metal denture is going to be longspan, then the laboratory will also need a registration of your bite.
For metal dentures it usually takes from a few days to a few weeks depending on the size of the denture for the metal denture to be made by the dental laboratory.
Once the denture is ready, we will then seat the denture into your mouth and do any adjustments necessary at the denture fit appointment.
New dentures similar to new shoes need a period of getting used to them, so we usually ask our patients to wear their new denture and eat with the denture for a few days and then come back to the clinic for the metal denture to be reviewed and any further adjustments needed to be carried out.
Are there any alternative treatments to metal dentures?
By simply booking an appointment with a Pearl Dental Clinic professional, prospective patients will be able to discuss the different types of dentures available to the general public and discover the most suitable type for them.
Acrylic dentures can be used to fill gaps or replace all teeth from the upper or lower jaw using pink, plastic dentures that are supported primarily by the gums.
Alternatively, individuals could find that flexible dentures, which can be fitted when there is not enough bone for dental implants, are more suited to them as a result of their natural and attractive appearance.
There is also the possibility of having a hybrid denture, where the frame of the denture is metallic and the gum replacement parts are flexible. This type of dentures combines both the benefits of metal and flexible dentures in one denture.
Our Practice is open seven days a week from 8am till 11pm. You can book a consultation with one of our experienced dentists by calling 0208 547 9997 or emailing us for further information or to arrange a consultation.