Dentures are false teeth fittings worn to replace missing teeth and give you a full smile back as well as enabling you to eat and speak.
Most dentures today are created using resin or porcelain and are the most affordable dental treatments to address missing teeth that do not require surgery.
Full and Partial dentures
Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. This is recommended for patients who are only missing a few teeth. The false teeth are fitted to a metal or nylon plate which clips onto some of your natural teeth via metal clasps that hold it securely in place in your mouth.
Full dentures or complete dentures are recommended for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. These are usually made of a plastic base that is the same colour as your gums for a natural look. The base will completely cover the entire mouth, hence replacing all your natural teeth. This is secured into place with an adhesive or suction – though it is still removable.
Sometimes after a tooth extraction we will immediately implant temporary dentures on the day of extraction to protect the gums while you heal and make the transition to permanent dentures easier.
All types of dentures will feel a little uncomfortable at first, as they will suddenly give you a very full feeling in your mouth and cheeks. A correctly fitted denture should feel snug, as opposed to lose, otherwise it will need a reline.
Creating your dentures
Creating the right dentures for you is a multi step process;
Step 1. After a consultation with our dentists who decide dentures are the right treatment, we will take measurements and impressions (moulds) of your mouth, then order your full or partial dentures from a dental technician.
Step 2. A trial denture will be created from the impressions taken of your mouth.
Step 3. Your dentist or clinical dental technician will have you try on the denture in your mouth to assess the fit and for you to assess the appearance.
Step 4. The shape and colour may be adjusted before the final denture is produced.
Step 5. Final denture is produced, and you have your perfect smile back.
Denture check-ups and maintenance
We recommend, as a general rule, that patients with dentures have a check-up at least once every year to maintain good oral health and avoid preventable issues.
Ill-fitting or poorly maintained dentures can lead to gum disease, denture-induced inflammation (stomatitis) and even a diminished sense of taste. To avoid these issues;
- Remove dentures after eating and give them a good rinse
- Clean your mouth after you have taken your dentures out
- Brush your dentures daily
- Soak your dentures overnight
Book your denture fitting or checkup today
Are you in need of dentures or overdue for a denture checkup? We would love to help. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment that prevents problems. We also want to make sure your dental work is affordable which is why we aim for.