A denture is an appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth. A complete or full denture is one that replaces all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws, whilst a partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Replacing lost or missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and appearance, including improved chewing function and the restoration of an aesthetic smile. They provide support for the facial profile, preventing sagging of the facial muscles which can make you look older and accentuate wrinkles around the mouth

What are dentures made of?

There are two parts to a denture. The Baseplate- which can either be made from plastic or metal and The Teeth which are made from Acrylic. The advantage of a metal design is that due to its increased strength it is thinner and covers less of the natural tissues and as such patients often find it more comfortable to wear. The teeth come in a variety of shapes and sizes and your dentist will select the most appropriate mould and colour for you.

Do I still need to need to look after my teeth and gums if I have a denture?

Absolutely. No matter how well fitting or well designed a denture is it can never be regarded as a replacement for missing teeth. Rather, it is a replacement for having no teeth. By their nature, dentures can be unhygienic and therefore it is vitally important that the remaining dentition is well looked after with thorough brushing twice daily to prevent tooth decay and gum disease which could lead to further tooth loss.Dentures should be taken out at bedtime and cleaned thoroughly to remove food debris and plaque. They should be left out at bedtime in order to allow the gums to rest and prevent unwanted soreness and fungal infections from developing in the mouth.
With the advent of Dental Implants troublesome, loose dentures can now be locked firmly into position, transforming a patient’s ability to smile, chew and speak with confidence. (See our Dental Implants Page for further information)