What is a denture?
If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture. A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give you mouth a natural appearance. Your denture will be made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove it for cleaning.
Types of dentures
There are 2 types of dentures: partial and complete. For both types of dentures your dentist or specialist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions. The models are used to custom-make your dentures.
What is a partial denture?
Partial dentures can be used to replace some missing teeth where implants or bridges are not possible. These can be made from acrylic (pink plastic) or chrome cobalt (metal framework). Complete dentures are used where all the teeth are missing, and can be fitted directly onto the gums, or where possible, onto implants or prepared tooth roots.
What is a Cobalt Chrome denture?
These dentures are used when a patient has some of their own teeth. They are supported by your teeth more so than your gums and therefore often feel more secure than plastic dentures. As they do not cover as much of the roof or floor of your mouth as plastic dentures they feel more comfortable than plastic dentures.
What does it feel like wearing a denture?
When you wear a denture for the first time it may get some getting used to when speaking or eating and chewing. Some patients find the experience of wearing a denture for the first time to be challenging. A denture is a foreign object, and unfortunately, it cannot duplicate the exact feel and function of your natural teeth. It will be a new sensation that will take you a period of time to adjust
If you develop a sore spot, and return to the practice for a denture adjustment.
Caring for your denture
It is important that you take extra care in your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Dentures need to be cleaned every day as plaque from your dentures can also spread to your natural teeth and gums, causing gum disease and cavities. Our dentist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialized brushes you can use to do this.