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Denture problems Patient Information Leaflet


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Denture problems Patient Information Leaflet

  1. 1. Denture Problems INFORMATION LEAFLET
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  3. 3. Your referralWe are pleased to see patients from other practices for the treatment ofdenture problems You will remain a patient of your own dentist andcontinue to see them for your regular dental care.The DentistAndrew Shelley BDS MFGDP(UK) DPDS MGDS RCSEdFFGDP(UK) FDS RCSEd Dip Rest Dent RCS EngAndrew Shelley is a general dental practitioner of 29years experience qualifying from the University ofManchester in 1979. He holds several postgraduatequalifications including fellowships of the Royal Collegesof England and Edinburgh.Andrew formerly taught final year dental students at theUniversity of Manchester. He now teaches on coursesfor qualified dentists and is an examiner for the RoyalCollege of Surgeons of England.Denture problemsThere are many different types of denture problems such as: • Difficulty in chewing • Embarrassing looseness • Pain and discomfort. • Poor appearanceSometimes the problem is simply that the teeth do not look natural or arevery different from how the natural teeth used to be. These problems canarise in complete or partial dentures.The causes of denture problems are also many and varied.For example: • After many years without teeth the gums can shrink and so cannot support dentures very well. • The mouth can be dry because of medical conditions or medicines that are taken leading to discomfort and looseness. • A great many problems arise because of the original denture design -3-
  4. 4. Solutions todenture problemsFinding a solution to your denture problem will of course depend on athorough examination of your mouth, gums and any remaining teeth. Wewill also want to discuss the history of your denture problems beforemaking a diagnosis. There is a lot which can be done. For example: • Special impression techniques are available to minimise the effect of shrunken gums • We can design your new denture to fit your mouth accurately and increase retention. • We can take special recordings of the way that your jaw moves so that the new teeth can be set in harmony with your natural jaw movements • We can use special soft linings that minimise discomfort • We can use old photographs or other records to place your new teeth in a position that looks right for you. • Most importantly we adhere to the best basic principles of denture construction to avoid design problems later on.Dental implantsIn the most difficult cases we can usedental implants to dramatically increasethe stability of dentures or replaceindividual missing teeth.A very common problem with completedentures is that the upper denture is finebut the lower moves around causingdiscomfort and embarrassment. A verygood solution for this is to place twodental implants into the lower jaw. Theseare like artificial roots and arepermanently placed. We can then attachsmall press studs to the implants. Thesefix into the underside of the lower dentureand lead to a very stable, retentivedenture indeed. -4-
  5. 5. What happens atthe first visit?Firstly we will want to know all about your medical history. This is so thatwe can treat you safely. Also a medical condition or tablets cansometimes be a very important cause of denture problems. We will talkabout the history of your denture problems and discuss whatimprovements you would like to see.We will carry out a thorough and complete examination of your mouth,gums and any remaining teeth. We can also learn a lot by looking at yourprevious dentures. We may need to take x-rays to completethe picture. Once we have all this information we can assess the causes ofyour denture problems and make a diagnosis. There is never only oneway to solve a denture problem and we will discuss the options with you.We make two promises to denture patients • Your dentures are a matter between you and your dental practice. We will never discuss your case with anyone. Your privacy will be respected. • We will not start any treatment before discussing the costs with you. You will be given a written quotation and we will keep a copy.The stages in construction ofdenturesThis depends very much on the case and will vary from person to person.However the typical complete denture case goes like this: • Visit 1 Examination and treatment planning • Visit 2 First impressions • Visit 3 Second impressions in individually made impression trays • Visit 4 Registration of the way that you bite together. Choose size, shape, colour, position and arrangement of teeth. • Visit 5 Trial dentures in wax. We check that everything about the dentures is satisfactory and give you the opportunity to make any final changes. • Visit 6 Fit dentures and make any adjustments • Visit 7 Review of dentures and any further adjustments.Cases involving implants, for example, may takeadditional visits -5-
  6. 6. Price listAndrew Shelley carries out the treatment of denture problems on aprivate basis. Costs will vary according to the individual case.However the list below gives a guide. • Initial consultation £65.00 • Casts of any teeth to help with assessment£35.00 • X-rays £7.00 each • Complete dentures from £1095.00 • Partial dentures from £285.00 • Complete dentures with two lower implants from £3,800.00 Our state of the art surgery facilities -6-
  7. 7. How to make an appointmentPlease call in or telephone us on 0161 320 4230. Our reception staff willbe pleased to make you an appointment at a convenient time. The Practice Our practice is situated on Stockport Road in Denton about 250 yards South from Denton Centre “Crown Point”. There is easy parking on side streets and a public car park very near on Town Lane. The practice is easily accessible via the M60 motorway. If you arecoming from the South, take junction 25 and follow signs for Denton. Thiswill take you directly to the practice after about 3 miles. If you are coming from the North take junction 24 and then take the M67 motorway. Take junction 1 of the M67 then turn right at the T junction at the top of the slip road. This road will take you directly to the practice in just under half a mile.Andrew ShelleyDental Practitioner117 Stockport Road,Denton,ManchesterM34 6DH0161 320 4230 -7-