Dentures by Paul Middleton
Paul is somewhat unusual in that he is a dual qualified dentist/dental technician. He began his dental career after leaving school in 1988 as an apprentice dental technician, working at a busy dental laboratory making dentures. After qualifying 4 years later, he enrolled at the University of Sheffield to study dentistry for the next 6 years, qualifying in 1998. This puts Paul in an uncommon position of having studied dentistry from both sides of the fence, so to speak. Both from the technical, construction process and the clinical environment treating patients.
Paul still has a special interest in removable prosthodontics (dentures) and is a member of the Besford Study Club, a study group who meet bi-annually and include in their membership the renowned prosthodontist Dr John Besford. In addition to this he attends courses centered on dentures but particularly new, innovative methods. It is a side of dentistry he genuinely has a passion for. Dental implants are a fantastic tool, however, they are not always necessary. A well made denture can be worn very successfully and look incredibly realistic. The days of grandma's bland, characterless dentures floating in a glass should belong in the past.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs: Dentures (False Teeth)
What is a denture?
Dentures are used to replace lost or missing teeth so people can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. They are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal, and a 'complete' or 'full' denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws.
A 'partial' denture fills the spaces left by lost or missing teeth and fastens to natural teeth with metal clasps or 'precision attachments'.
How soon can I have a denture after my teeth are taken out?
Usually they can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. These are called 'immediate dentures'. You visit us beforehand so we can take measurements and impressions of your mouth. With these 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 you may be advised to wait until your gums are healed before fitting, as this can provide a better fit. Healing may take several months.
Will dentures make me feel different?
Replacing lost or missing teeth is very good for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older and they will find it harder to eat and speak properly. Dentures can be made to closely match your natural teeth so that your appearance hardly changes and modern ones may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face.
Dr Middleton started his working life as a dental technician making dentures. This gives him an insight into both the clinical and technical sides of construction. He has also completed courses on the natural looking Schottlander Denture System, Ivoclar Vivadent BPS denture system & is a member of The Besford Club. This is a study group made up of some of the finest clinical and technical minds in denture prosthetics. The club is named in honour of one of it's members, Dr John Besford who, although now retired, remains one of the most respected prosthodontists in the world. When constructed properly, dentures take many hours to create, often using photos of your own teeth to try and recreate YOUR smile as opposed to ANY smile. The cost of these varies depending on the number of teeth being replaced, however, a full upper and lower set will cost around £2000. N.B. these prices are for Schottlander lifelike dentures only.
If you are interested in this we can arrange to loan you a DVD which gives a great deal of information on these systems. Of course other more economical options are also available.
Are dentures my only option?
No. Dental implants are another option to consider. For more information regarding implants click here.
Are there other methods for fixing false teeth?
There are other methods, such as using a combination of crowns and partial dentures that can keep the retaining clips out of sight. These are specialised products, so please ask about them specifically.