Kiss goodbye to your partial denture

Are you fed up with your partial denture? Does it end up wobbling around no matter how often you take it back to the dentist to get it refitted? Have you broken it on more than one occasion? Would you like to wave it goodbye and replace it with something more reliable? Would you like to put both pieces of your broken denture in the bin and forget about it completely?

Well, replacing a partial denture and the hassles that can come with it is easier than you may think. All you may need to do is invest some money and time, and then you can leave your denture behind with the help of dental implants in Belfast from Blue Sky.

Partial Dentures in BelfastWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are tiny posts usually made of titanium that are fixed into your jawbone where your missing teeth used to be. In Belfast, dental implants take an hour or two to put in, under local anaesthetic, with sedation if you are nervous.

The dental implants take the next few weeks to settle into place. They do more than settle however, they actually encourage the growth of bone and blood vessels around them, which secures them in place. This means they hold firm, just like a real tooth.

Once the implants have fused with your jawbone, your new partial denture can be screwed onto them. And then, it never has to come out again. Other people will be unable to tell these are not your real teeth because the crowns of your dental implant are custom-made to blend in with the colour of your surrounding teeth.

All you have to do is look after your new implants as if they were your precious natural teeth. That means you can almost forget about them, and just keep brushing and flossing with the utmost care. Your dental implants cannot get tooth decay but the gums around them can still get gum disease from the build-up of plaque.

In Belfast, dental implants give you back the chance to eat what you like, and speak with clarity, and they should last you for the rest of your life.

How Loose Dentures Lead to Stomatitis

Thrush or stomatitis is a general term that refers to inflammation of the mouth. This painful soreness usually hampers a person’s ability to eat, speak, and even sleep, making it a significant nuisance. There are different kinds of stomatitis, such as:

  • denturesCanker sores
  • Cold sores
  • General mouth irritation

Common symptoms include difficulty or pain when swallowing, redness of the gums, and white patches throughout your mouth. Your gums might also swell and feel more sensitive than usual. However, it is also possible not to have any noticeable symptoms at all, especially in milder cases.

Seniors and other people who wear dentures are at a greater risk of developing this condition. This is especially true if you have ill-fitting dentures, wear them overnight, or if you do not clean them often enough. Why is this the case?

How Dentures Affect Stomatitis Risk

Stomatitis is primarily caused by the candida yeast. Once they build up, they can cause an infection that leads to the familiar soreness. Dentures increase the risk when they do not fit properly, since they leave more room for bacteria and yeast to thrive.

The same thing happens when you do not take them out at night, or neglect their maintenance and cleaning. You will eventually find it painful to even take off and put in your dentures, as the tissue underneath has become sensitive due to infection.

Prevention and Treatment

Thrush can easily last for months or years without proper treatment. A dentist may prescribe medication, and will advise you on proper oral hygiene and denture cleaning methods. You may also have to submerge your dentures in an anti-microbial solution regularly.

As you might expect, the best measures against this form of stomatitis are excellent oral hygiene and proper denture upkeep. You might also want to switch to dental implants to eliminate the added maintenance and cleaning requirements of dentures. If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.