Denture Specialist

Problems with poor fitting dentures?

Les Wheatley

GDC number:108677

Les was one of the first Clinical Dental Technicians to have passed all the exams that lead to the new registration of Clinical Dental Technicians.

Mr Leslie Wheatley, originally from the West Midlands and a Freeman of Coventry City, qualified as a Dental Technician in 1967. In 1972 he moved to Somerset and established his dental laboratory, ’Dental Design’ in Langport, Somerset where he now employs other fellow technicians.

Committed to quality, only the best materials are used at the laboratory to manufacture and produce Dentures, Crowns, Bridges, Implants, Orthodontic Appliances and Sports Mouth guards. Mr Wheatley qualified as a Clinical Dental Technician in July 2002 with the George Brown College ‘Denturist’ programme in Toronto, Canada (Denturist is a Canadian term for Clinical Dental Technician). Most recently, the General Dental Council together with The Royal College of Surgeons, have recognised Clinical Dental Technicians to be an essential and much needed member of the dental team as they are in Europe and other countries i.e. Australia, America and Canada.

The advantages for the patient consulting a Clinical Dental Technician for dentures are vast. The patient is able to discuss with the Clinical Dental Technician any fears they may have regarding their dentures, perhaps brought about by previous denture problems, how the teeth will be set up, i.e. regular/irregular gum contouring, specialist guidance when choosing the mould, make and shade of tooth to match hair colour, complexion and facial characteristics.

This professional service is personal for a patient’s individual needs and we at Rock House Dental Practice are delighted to offer this excellent service to our patients.

If you are feeling discomfort with your dentures then it's time to see a specialist.

Sometimes, when too much shrinkage occurs in the gums supporting your dentures, the lower jaw can get out of its proper relationship with the upper jaw. This can lead to a number of problems. The facial muscles can virtually collapse, giving the appearance of premature ageing. A carefully designed denture can often improve your appearance and the comfort of the denture.

If you are experiencing any discomfort with your dentures call us to make an appointment with Les Wheatley, our denture specialist, and he will be happy to help and give you friendly advice.

Denture Cleaning

It is important to treat your dentures like your natural teeth. They should be cleaned twice a day to prevent further tooth loss, spread of infection or inflammation of the gums. The general rule for cleaning dentures is: brush, soak, brush, brushing your dentures before soaking helps remove food debris. Using a 'fizzy' denture cleaner will help to remove stains and leave your dentures feeling fresher. Always ensure you follow the manufacturer's instructions. Finally, brush the dentures again ensuring all surfaces are clean, including the surface that comes into contact with your gums.

We do not recommend you use any denture cleaning solutions over night.