Dentures

Full or partial dentures are removable replacements for lost teeth. Today’s dentures have been thoughtfully designed to look and function like your natural teeth, providing a comfortable and visually natural solution to missing teeth.

We offer full dentures to replace all teeth; or partial dentures, used where only a few teeth are missing. Dentures can be held in place by natural suction to your gum, by clasps gripping onto natural teeth, by fixatives or  the denture could be attached to dental implants.

Dentures must be kept clean and removed at night to give your gums a rest. As with teeth, regular check-ups with the dentist are recommended. If dentures become stained the hygienist will be able to professionally clean your dentures for you.

What to expect:

  • The dentist uses a putty-like material to make moulds of your mouth – called impressions. A dental technician uses them to make models for the denture to be built on. Second impressions are taken in a custom made impression tray.
  • The technician makes wax blocks which fit the models. The dentist puts these in your mouth to record the position of your jaws in relation to each other.
  • A trial denture is made and put in your mouth. The dentist will ask you how it fits, feels and looks before they make any final changes.
  • The trial denture then goes back to the technician who permanently fixes the teeth and does all the finishing touches. The denture is then ready to use. The dentist may want to see you again fairly soon to see how you are getting on with the denture. If there are problems they can make small adjustment.
  • The trial denture then goes back to the technician who permanently fixes the teeth. The denture is then ready to use. The dentist may want to see you again fairly soon to see how you are getting on with the denture. If there are problems they can make small adjustment.

Benefits:

  • If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.
  • They are custom-made to match your mouth and can be made to look as natural as possible.
  • The natural teeth that are left are more protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly.
  • Dentures can be fitted immediately after teeth have been taken out so that nobody will know that you have had a tooth out.

Dentures will never feel like your own teeth and it can take time to get used to them. Decreased levels of the bony ridge can negatively affect the stability of dentures, especially in the lower jaw. If you haven’t had a denture before the dentist will want to explain the difficulties of wearing dentures, as well as the benefits and how you.

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