What are dentures?
There are different types of dentures available. A denture is a removable appliance that is custom made to replace missing teeth. A full denture replaces all your missing teeth and a partial denture is used when there are only a few missing teeth.
Well fitting dentures are vitally important for oral health, general health, chewing, speech and your own self confidence. A denture should be replaced every couple of years.
A dental assessment is required to assess which one of these would best suit you.
Proper care and maintenance are important to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of dentures.
What are the different types of dentures?
Acrylic dentures, chrome cobalt dentures (metal frame) and flexible dentures are available. How many teeth and the condition of your mouth will influence which of these would best suit you.
Acrylic dentures: These are made from acrylic material, they are lightweight and cost-effective compared to other types of dentures. They are custom made and relatively easy to adjust if required. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance are essential.
Cobalt chrome dentures or cast metal partial dentures consist of a metal framework. They are durable, the framework is more stable in the mouth as it is tooth supported unlike the acrylic denture that is gum supported.
Flexible dentures: These dentures are made from a flexible, lightweight material like a thermoplastic resin. They adapt to the shape of your mouth to provide a snug and comfortable fit. They are a good option for patients who don't like the idea of metal clasps. However, they are not as durable and they require more frequent replacement over time.
Once the type of denture has been discussed and agreed upon, we can then discuss the appearance of your denture, the colour and shape of the teeth and how you would like your smile to look.
What is the process?
The dentist will take impressions or moulds of your mouth and teeth. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where expert dental technicians create your dentures over a series of wax bites and test runs of how the denture will look and feel in your mouth. Several visits are required to complete your dentures and ensure that they fit well, they are functional and are aesthetically pleasing.
- They replace missing teeth
- A cost effective alternative to implants or bridges
- A great way to temporarily restore missing teeth if you've recently had a tooth extracted and you are waiting for the bone and gums to heal before the placement of an implant or bridge.
Dentures start from £250 depending on the type of material it is fabricated from and the number of teeth involved.