Dentures are a removable option to replace a single or many missing teeth. They are able to replace both lost teeth and the surrounding tissues. If you need to have some teeth removed, we are able to fit dentures on the day that the teeth are extracted, meaning that you are never without teeth.
We are able to construct both partial dentures (which replace some teeth in a jaw) and complete dentures (which replace all the teeth in a jaw). We are able to replace your existing dentures, copying the aspects that you like and improving the areas that need improving as needed. Many of our denture wearers are helped with dental implants, which can help to stabilise the denture.
Dentures can be made of different materials:
- Acrylic dentures: This is a versatile material that is cost effective and easy to modify
- Chrome dentures: This is a combination of a metal framework and acrylic tooth bearing areas ontop. These are lightweight and retentive dentures that are well tolerated and liked by patients
- Flexible dentures: These are dentures that can bend allowing them to lock into the natural undercuts present in the mouth
There are pros and cons of each type and we will discuss the most appropriate option with you at the assessment appointment.
Will dentures make me look different?
Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that little change in appearance will be noticeable. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help fill out the appearance of your face and profile.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing helps prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and helps your mouth stay healthy.
Will my dentures need to be replaced?
Dentures can become loose over time because a mouth naturally changes shape with age. Bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, causing jaws to align differently. Shrinking ridges can cause dentures to fit less securely. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections. A loose denture also makes chewing more difficult and may change your facial features. It’s important to replace worn or poorly-fitting dentures before they cause problems.
How often should I schedule my dental appointments?
You will be advised about how often to visit us. Regular dental check-ups are important as we need to check that the dentures are still fitting properly as well as checking your mouth for signs of other oral conditions.
With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile.