Dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth to restore appearance and functionality. They consist of realistic-looking false teeth attached to a removable plate. By acting as a substitute for your natural teeth, they can improve how your mouth functions, making eating and speaking much easier. They can also enhance your facial shape by providing muscle support.
If all your teeth are missing, you will require complete dentures – these usually consist of an acrylic gum coloured arch, with attached teeth, fitted in the top or bottom of your mouth. They are kept in place by suction and can be made more secure with fixative, however, please speak to your dentist about this.
A partial denture is used when you only have a few gaps in your smile and it fits around your remaining teeth. Your false teeth will be chosen to match the shape and shade of your existing teeth. We offer a variety of dentures including high impact acrylic, cobalt chrome and flexible. We will help you decide which will be the best option by taking into account your oral health, whether you have any remaining teeth and your personal circumstances.
What to expect
- Following a comprehensive consultation we take impressions of your mouth. This allows models to be made, from which the denture will be constructed, ensuring a good fit, an accurate bite and optimum comfort.
- Dental technicians create your unique dentures.
- After your dentures have been fitted and you have been wearing them for a while, you will be invited back for a follow-up appointment so we can check they remain comfortable and are continuing to work for you.
- You are likely to need 4-5 appointments when having new dentures fitted and these are normally one week apart.
Living with your dentures
It can take a little while to get used to new dentures, especially if they are full dentures. They will probably feel rather odd at first, and your speech may be affected. You can address this by speaking out loud as much as possible, so you get used to forming words with dentures in place. You may also find you salivate more than usual as your mouth will initially mistake the dentures for food, but this should lessen in time.
You will need to clean your dentures regularly and they can be soaked overnight. And even if you wear upper and lower full dentures, it is advisable to have your mouth checked annually for changes to your soft tissues and to monitor the fit of your dentures.