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Dentures

False Teeth

Dentures

For many adults, dentures are an inevitability. Dentures, also known as false teeth, are removable prostheses that may replace all the teeth in one or both jaws, or fit false teeth around the natural teeth.

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Complete dentures

Complete dentures are made of a gum coloured plastic base with artificial teeth positioned so they restore your smile and jaw position, filling out your face and restoring your bite.

If you need a set of dentures, it will require at least five visits starting with taking a mould of your mouth. This is used to make plaster casts from which a technician designs the dentures. We then ensure the fit is correct and the denture is articulated so it relates to the shape of your jaw, and once fitted further adjustments are often necessary to refine the shape and make the dentures feel natural.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures may be used to replace one or more teeth in an arch and can be anchored to natural teeth with metal clasps, although it may be necessary to modify the shape of the natural teeth to ensure the denture fits comfortably. The base plate of removable dentures is made from acrylic or metal, usually silver-coloured chrome-cobalt, or a combination of the two. The advantage of using metal is the base may be smaller, covering less of the soft tissue, and therefore more comfortable to wear and eat with.

As well as improving your appearance and chewing, a partial denture may also prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of position in the mouth, which can lead to further tooth loss.

FAQs About Dentures

Will dentures affect my speech?

For many patients, there is a period of adjustment when you first get your dentures fitted. At this stage, speaking may be more difficult than before for a short period of time. However, this is normally a case of getting used to the feel of them, so you’ll soon be back to speaking normally with a little practice.

Do dentures make eating difficult?

Eating may be difficult at first. Eating with dentures is slightly different to eating with natural teeth as they are not rooted as deep in your mouth. You will be used to a biting and tearing method but this will need to be adapted to focus more on biting. It can take some getting used to. Our skilled dentists can provide you with advice to make this process easier.

Will I still need to clean my dentures?

Dentures must still be cleaned as plaque can still build up on them. Real or false teeth, plaque does not discriminate! While brushing after meals is recommended, the most practical way of cleaning them is to take them out and carefully brush them over the sink with a special denture brush. Be sure to rinse them well afterwards.

Why do dentures have to come out at night?

This isn’t compulsory but we highly recommend it. If you soak dentures overnight in an approved denture cleaner, they will be nice, clean and fresh the next day.

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