Reliable, realistic and long-lasting dentures in Swansea
Dentures are a cost-effective and non-invasive way to replace teeth lost to decay or some other kind of trauma. In fact, partial dentures can be used to replace several missing teeth and full dentures can restore all teeth in the upper and lower arch of the mouth.
Dentures are designed to help support your cheeks and lips, while also ensuring the correct dimensions between your support and lower jaw. Combined with gum coloured acrylic and occasionally reinforced with lightweight metal alloy, denture based supports can closely resemble natural teeth and gums, allowing you to talk and eat as usual.
We generally recommend a metal alloy support system to provide strength and stability — partial dentures, for example, have metal clasps that fit around natural teeth to hold the denture in place.
At Swansea Dental Practice, we offer a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry to reinvent your smile — including realistic, reliable and long-lasting dentures. We can provide partial or full dentures depending on your dental needs, and we’ll provide sound recommendations and advice to guide the treatment process.
Our experienced and qualified dentists can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact our reception team to book a consultation for dentures in Swansea — we’ll provide an affordable price to restore your smile.
Benefits of dentures
There are a wide range of benefits to getting dentures. For example, dentures can improve the look of your smile, especially if you’re feeling self-conscious about missing, discoloured or damaged teeth. Dentures can also reduce sagging around the cheeks, so you could knock years off your appearance.
More benefits include:
- Dentures are made specifically for your mouth. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and gums to ensure you get the most comfortable fit. This also means you can eat and talk as you normally would without any discomfort.
- Dentures can reduce further oral health problems. Even if you are only missing one tooth, you are at an increased risk for other oral health problems like gum disease. Restoring the function of your teeth with dentures can reduce the risk of such problems.
- Dentures are easy to clean. Because dentures are removable, you can maintain a thorough cleaning schedule with minimal effort. Using a soft-bristle brush and special denture cleaner, you can keep your dentures clean and free from plaque or bacteria that lead to gum disease.
How to care for your dentures
Unfortunately, you cannot whiten dentures after they are made, so it’s important to take good care of your dentures to keep them in good condition. To minimise staining, be sure to clean your dentures daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and denture paste (regular toothpaste is too abrasive for dentures).
Gently scrub every surface of your dentures both inside and out.
After brushing and rinsing your dentures, place them in a water-based cleaning solution overnight.
FAQs about dentures in Swansea
Do I need dentures?
If you need dentures, you have most likely experienced tooth loss and are missing some (if not all) of your teeth. A partial denture is recommended for those who still have some natural teeth remaining, but full dentures will cover those who are missing all of their teeth.
While dentures may be associated with older patients, younger patients are also often in need of dentures. This may be due to gum disease, tooth decay or dental abnormalities.
Don’t worry — there’s no age limit on achieving the healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
How are dentures made?
The first step towards dentures begins with a thorough check-up and potentially even x-rays to determine the current health of your smile. We will take a look at your teeth, jaws and gums to determine the best treatment option for you.
If dentures are required or requested, our dentists will take meticulous measurements and impressions of your mouth to fabricate your dentures, whether they are partial or full dentures. Our dentists will also compare colours to ensure your new dentures blend seamlessly into your natural smile.
We will also take measurements for your new dentures’ size and shape.
We will then send your impressions through to our locally-based lab where a pink-coloured wax will be made to ensure your dentures fit correctly, work functionally and blend into your smile. Once your dentist is happy with the result, the pink wax will be replaced with acrylic for the final fitting.
Our goal is to make your dentures look as natural as possible and incredibly comfortable so you don’t even know they’re there while talking or chewing. If you have any concerns about your dentures, talk to your dentist about having them remade or re-fitted for your ultimate satisfaction.
How long do dentures last?
If cared for properly, dentures can last for up to five to eight years before needing replacement. Your dentures will eventually wear out — plus, your mouth can change shape over time, which is why your dentures will eventually need to be remade to stay as safe, comfortable and natural-looking as possible.
If you’re having some cosmetic concerns about your dentures, book a consultation with your dentist. We can discuss your cosmetic needs and determine the best course of action to enhance your smile.
Are there any alternatives to this treatment?
Yes, there are many alternatives to dentures including dental implants and tooth-supported bridges. Dental implants are a very popular alternative as they look and feel more like your natural teeth. The only downside is that dental implants are more expensive than dentures and require strong, healthy gum and jawbone for implementation, meaning not everyone is eligible for implants.
Your dentist will review the health and strength of your smile before recommending dental implants.
Does it hurt to get dentures?
We understand that many patients are uncomfortable about dental treatment, or visiting the dentist at all! Our goal is to make your treatment as simple, stress and pain-free as possible, so you can walk away with the smile you’ve always wanted.
When you get dentures, it is normal to experience a small amount of irritation as your mouth adjusts to your dentures. If you have had teeth removed, however, you may experience more discomfort than others.
Dentures are measured and tailored to your personal specifications, so if your dentures aren’t settling well, you can always come back and have your dentures adjusted throughout the healing process for a guaranteed comfortable bit.
Does Medicare or my private health insurance cover dentures in Swansea?
In terms of private health insurance, it depends on what health insurer you’re with. Some providers will cover dentures under a certain policy, whereas others won’t. We recommend checking in with your private health insurer before committing to dentures.
The main reason some providers won’t provide benefits for dentures: they consider dentures cosmetic dentistry. Many private health insurance companies will not cover cosmetic dentistry procedures as they are not considered “essential”.
As for Medicare, unfortunately, they do not cover most dental treatments, care or procedures including dentures. Other treatments Medicare excludes includes dental supplies, cleanings, fillings, tooth extractions, dental plates and other dental devices. If you have a private health insurer, you may have better luck having your treatment covered.
Can I sleep in my dentures?
You can, but we recommend taking them out overnight. Taking out your dentures will give your gums and jawbone a chance to relax from the pressure of dentures during the day. It’s also a great opportunity to give your dentures a clean with a water-based denture cleaning solution overnight.
What does it mean to “reline” dentures?
You’ll know when it’s time for a reline if your dentures no longer fit as well as they used to. If your dentures feel loose or uncomfortable after a long time of wear, your dentist will need to refit the base of your dentures. This procedure is called a “reline”.
Contact us for more information about our premium dentures in Swansea
If you are missing one or more teeth, dentures could be the ideal solution to restore your smile. Made from the highest quality materials and fitted perfectly to the shape of your gums and jaw, dentures can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
To book a consultation, get in touch with our friendly and compassionate reception team on (02) 4971 1432. We’ll book a time that suits your busy schedule.
Alternatively, if you have any other general questions, feel free to submit a question for our dentists online. We’d be more than happy to provide more recommendations, information and advice.
Book your dentures in Swansea today!