Full or partial dentures are removable prosthetics; this means that they are removable appliances that can be used to replace multiple missing teeth to full sets. Dentures are designed to look and function like your natural teeth.
Dentures can improve aesthetics as they visibly fill in the spaces where your teeth were originally. They also improve your bites function and make it easier to eat.
We offer acrylic and chrome dentures
Acrylic dentures are made from acrylic which is a type of plastic material that can be moulded into the shape of your mouth. This material is easily adaptable if your mouth changes in time, for example addition of other teeth can be added if you lose another tooth and if the denture becomes loose it can be re-lined to fit the shape of your mouth better.
Chrome dentures are made from metal. The denture has a metal cobalt base (which sits on your gums) and a plastic acrylic that attaches the denture teeth. However unlike acrylic dentures, chrome dentures can’t be adapted, for example you can’t have additional teeth after the denture is completed.
You can have full dentures that replace all your teeth or if you only have a few gaps you can have a partial denture to fill the spaces in your mouth. Dentures can be held in by the natural suction of your gums, metal clasps that grip onto your natural teeth or you can buy products such as Fixodent to hold the denture in place when you eat and talk. Dentures can also be fitted onto implants.
How Are Dentures Made?
Dentures are made in multiple stages to make sure they function and look as best as possible.
Impressions will be taken at the fist appointment to make a mould of your teeth and gums. The next appointment the dentist will take an impression of your bite in a wax material and maybe another impression is also required for a more accurate result. This helps the lab work out how you bite and shows them where to position the teeth. Then you will have a try in appointment, so we can see how it fits, check the bite and also the aesthetics of the denture, whilst the lab can still make adjustments as required. Finally the denture will be fitted by the dentist and they will ensure it fits well and make any final slight adjustments there and then.
Dentures Best Practices
You must remove your denture at night to rest your gums and they should be cleaned regularly. If the denture becomes uncomfortable at any point adjustments can be made by the dentist. If you have full upper and lower dentures you may think you don’t have to visits the dentist for your check-ups, however the dentist still needs to examine your soft tissues and check the dentures fit to make sure it’s still functioning to its best ability.
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If you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth please do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your options. Our friendly team are on hand to help you.