Dental Dentures Treatment In Malta
If you are looking to make an appointment for Dental Dentures treatment in our Malta or Gozo clinics, please visit our online booking page to book your appointment online or call us directly on one of the following numbers; Gozo: (+356) 2155 7323 Malta: (+356) 2165 7323. The following article will answer all the most frequently asked questions when it comes to receiving your dental dentures in Malta and Gozo at Savina Dental Clinics.
What is a denture?
People wear dental dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’.
How soon can I have a denture after my teeth are taken out?
Usually, dentures can be fitted straight after your teeth have been removed. These are called immediate dentures. You visit the dentist beforehand for them to take measurements and impressions of your mouth. 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. Your dentist will be able to discuss this with you. Sometimes your dentist may advise you to wait until your gums are healed before having your dentures, as this can sometimes provide a better fit. Healing may take several months.
Will dental 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. Modern dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face.
Will I be able to eat with dentures?
Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help. If you find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, reposition the denture by gently biting down and swallowing. If this continues consult your dentist.
How long should I wear my dentures?
During the first few days, you may be advised to wear them for most of the time, including while you are asleep. After your mouth gets used to your dentures, your dentist may advise that you remove them before going to bed. This allows your gums to rest and helps keep your mouth healthy.
Should I use a denture fixative?
Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth and you shouldn’t need a denture fixative. However, over time, dentures may become loose and not fit as well. When this happens, some people prefer to use a fixative for a short time before having them replaced. A poorly fitting denture may cause irritation and sores. This can often happen if you have worn immediate dentures for some time.
Must I do anything special to care for my mouth?
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled brush. This removes plaque and helps the circulation in your mouth. If you wear partial dentures, it is even more important that you brush your teeth thoroughly every day. This will help stop tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to you losing more of your teeth. Your dentist may refer you to the hygienist to have your remaining natural teeth cleaned regularly.
How do I take care of my dentures?
The general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any food debris. Using an effervescent (fizzy) denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface. Most dentists advise using toothpaste and a small- to medium-headed toothbrush. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which touches your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative. If you notice a build up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your dentist or hygienist. For more information on cleaning your dentures, look out for our leaflet “Tell me about denture cleaning”.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
Over time, your dentures will need to be relined or remade due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections, not to mention discomfort. A loose or ill-fitting denture can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems.
How often should I see my dentist?
Regular dental check-ups and having your teeth professionally cleaned are vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Most dentists recommend a dental check-up at least once a year. Regular visits allow your dentist to check the soft parts of your mouth, including the tongue and cheeks. These examinations are important so the dentist can spot any infections, mouth conditions or even mouth cancer at the earliest stages. Full denture wearers should check with their dentist about how often they should visit. With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile.
What Are The Dental Dentures Cost
At Savina Dental Clinics, a full upper/lower removable dentures set starts from €800. However, please check our indicative pricing page for latest costings.
Are dentures my only option?
No. Implants are another option to consider. Ask your dentist for more information on this or check out our in-depth guide to dental implants.
Before And After Dental Denture Images
Patient required full denture set (Before)
Dentures Set Used
After Dental Denture Treatment
Can you get dentures with receding gums?
Patients with gum recession can get dentures. However, they first need to have the gum recession dealt with before having the dentures placed. This is important because dental dentures require a firm and sufficient jawbone and healthy gum tissue to succeed.
Is it advisable to buy dentures online?
We do not recommend that our patients buy dentures online. Even though the vendors may claim to send you an impression kit to be able to customise your teeth, a quick read through their reviews can quickly tell you it is not such a smart idea. Instead, we recommend that you have your dentures professionally made by your dentists. These dentures will be customised to look like your natural teeth so that they fit well and are both comfortable and functional. Your dentist will know what features of an impression need to be extremely accurate for your dentures to fit and function well.
How often should you clean dentures?
For optimal oral health, make sure to brush your dentures at least once daily. Remove and soak your dentures in a non-abrasive denture cleanser. Brush them with a soft-bristled brush to remove food particles, plaque, and any other debris. Do not use denture cleansers in your mouth.
What is a full denture dental practice?
Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing. Dentures can either be immediate or conventional. Immediate full dentures are fitted as soon as your teeth have been removed so that you are not left without teeth. As your gums heal they will also shrink, and you will notice that these immediate dentures will become loose after a few weeks. Your dentist will guide you as to when they should be temporarily relined to compensate for this shrinkage. After a few months (around 6) once the gums have healed, these dentures can be permanently relined in the same acrylic material they are made of to compensate for gum shrinkage during healing. Conventional dentures are provided when patients had their teeth extracted a while before but opted to stay without dentures while the gums heal. They do not have to be relined after a few weeks and months.
Can dentures be made without an impression?
No. An impression is necessary to ensure the dentures align with your current bite. They create an exact mould of your gum so that your dentures feel natural and do not irritate the soft tissue lining in your gums and cheeks.
Are there alternatives to dental dentures?
Yes. Instead of dentures, your dentist may use dental implants to support cemented bridges. These implants are titanium fixtures that are surgically inserted into your jawbone to act as an anchor to hold your replacement tooth. The implants and the bridges closely resemble the feel of real teeth. However, it is important to note that the cost is usually higher.
Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures, but not everyone is the right candidate for them. So make sure to consult your dentist about the best way forward. Also, read our article on the Eagle Grid Dental Implant system classed as the “The New Dental Implant System For Everyone” which can be used instead of traditional dentures.
Conventional Dentures versus Implants: Which is better?
Conventional dentures are false teeth. Although their quality has improved over the years, they are not ideal for everyone. If not properly secured, they may slip out of place when you are talking or eating, which can be embarrassing. In patients with severe gum resorption, especially in the lower jaw, it can be challenging to provide dentures that do not feel loose. Also, partial dentures may promote infection and decay in other teeth if they are not fitted and cared for properly. Still, dentures may be the best choice if your gums and jaws are weak or unhealthy.
Implants, on the other hand, are recommended for those people with missing teeth, who have healthy gums and jawbones. With proper oral hygiene, these implants may last up to 20 years or more without needing to replace them.
How has Denture Treatment evolved over the years?
The evolution of denture treatment has a long history that dates back to ancient Egypt in 7500 BC. The Egyptians were the first to have replacement teeth, which were created using gold wires that were threaded through real teeth to create a working set of teeth. Japan is also known for producing wooden teeth that were worn all the way up to the 19th century.
The Italians used animal teeth to replace human teeth, whereas the Mayans got a little more creative with bones and rocks. America’s founding father, George Washington is known for wearing the first set of dentures that were a crafted combination of hippo ivory mixed with donkey and horse teeth. These facts all lead us to modern dentures and crowns. Denture treatment has evolved from a primitive form of medicine to contemporary use of state of the art dentures and dental implants.
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Dr Joseph Xuereb
Dental & Implant Surgeon. Principal
Savina Dental Clinics