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George - UK

This is an email from someone in the UK. Their initial question led to two more emails back and forth to solve the problem. Click on Continue Reading to view the other two emails and final solution.

Question: Is it realistically possible to eat socially with a full lower denture or are implants the only option?

Dear George
Dentures only fail about 5% of population. On the clinical dental technician's part or the patients part.
I have made lower dentures for 34 years and only have had problems with 5 patients! I have made thousands with success.
Hope this helps

Email enquiry from George - UK

Dear Frances
I have real problems eating with my full lower denture which means going out to dinner with friends is a nightmare. If I have a new denture made will it solve the problem and if so please can you recommend a practice in the UK to make it.
Many thanks

George,  I do not make recommendations as it is not ethical.

You are not saying if you have your own teeth on the top. You are not saying much about your problem ??
What are the problems? Is it an old denture? Who made it?
What happens when you chew?
Has someone talked to you about thing?

Third and final email from George - UK

Frances - I have a full top denture which I am very comfortable with. My bottom denture I have had for some years and 6 weeks ago I had my last 3 lower frontal teeth removed and replacements added to it. Since then the denture has been pretty hopeless and can only be held in place with copious amounts of adhesive - then when I eat anything other than soft foods it very quickly comes adrift again. I should also add that this denture had previously snapped in two at least 3 times and been repaired over the last 3 years or so. All my dental work has been on the NHS. I am being offered implants from - but I have reservations about this procedure and it is expensive. I am 71 years old and I feel that maybe a new state of the art denture could be a better solution.
Many thanks Frances
George - UK

Hi George - UK
There lies your problem.
Yes you need new top and bottom dentures. Your old dentures are not balanced!
Full upper dentures made to your own lower teeth is why they no longer work. Full upper and full lower are made in unison ie set on a flat plane so that they glide with each other.

George find a clinical dental technician near you. Ask them the price of a very balanced long lasting full upper and full lower dentures made of high impact base plastic and long lasting denture teeth. Also make sure they are experienced! Check them out and ask lots of questions. Move on if they are not helpful and get a few quotes –  go to direct denture makers.

If you have a strong denture made (high impact material) if you want implants later you can ad them (use the new dentures).

I think if you find a person who will go the extra mile for you – you will be more than happy.

There is also new skill needed to manage dentures without wires to help keep them in place. Get your technician to teach you about the mechanics of full dentures – its easy once you know how.


P.S. Your gums are shrinking where your teeth were removed recently (wait at least 6 months for a new set which gives you plenty of time to sort things out.

Hi Frances
I am very happy & grateful for your advice and I have decided to go the route of new dentures instead of implants.
I will let you know how things turn out in due course.
Thank you so much
George - UK