Dentures are a common solution for patients with missing teeth. They can allow you to enjoy a healthy, balanced diet and restore your confidence in your smile. The denture plate (base) of a denture may be made of acrylic or metal, while the part with teeth on are made of acrylic, which can be closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth.
There are two types of dentures;
- Partial dentures, which replace a few missing teeth when you have some teeth of your own.
- Full dentures, which replace all the teeth in one arch (jaw). These are made to fit over and rest on your gums.
When you lose your natural teeth, facial muscles around the cheeks and jaws can start to sink and sag leading to a more aged appearance. Dentures provide support for your face, helping to prevent this sagging.
You will need four appointments in order for us to make your dentures well. At the first appointment, your dentist will take impressions and have customised trays made for your mouth so that at the next appointment we can take even more accurate impressions and measurements of your mouth. We will then record your bite position and send this along with any other information, such as the shade of teeth required to our laboratory for your dentures to be made up in wax. When they are ready you will have an appointment to see how the dentures fit and look before they are processed into acrylic. The next appointment we will fit them for you and you can walk away with them. It is quite normal afterwards to need to have them adjusted as they settle into your mouth.
A good home care routine is essential with dentures making sure that they are kept clean as well as your mouth.
The gentleman below has his teeth extracted and a new upper denture made: