Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth. If you lose some or all of your teeth due to dental disease or physical trauma, your dentist can help fit you with comfortable, natural-looking dentures to replace the missing teeth.
What types of dentures are available?
There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. Both are made from dental acrylic substances that are safe to place in your mouth. They can replace a single tooth, multiple adjacent teeth, or even your complete upper and lower rows.
- Partial dentures: Also known as ‘removable partial denture prostheses’, partial dentures may be applied when more than a few teeth are absent, or if teeth surrounding the gap are not in sufficient shape enough to support a bridge. They are secured by clasps that fit onto your natural teeth.
- Complete dentures: Popularly referred to as ‘false teeth’, complete dentures are used when you have lost all of your natural teeth.
Your dentist may recommend dentures after tooth extractions, fitting them as soon as the swelling is gone in order to make a precise fit.
What type of denture will I receive?
Everyone is different. It depends on how many teeth require replacing, the condition of your gums and any surrounding teeth, and whether or not dental implants are necessary to hold the denture in place.
Prior to the fitting, your denture treatment will be explained in detail. You will also be advised on how to properly clean and care for your dentures and what you can expect as you slowly become used to wearing them.
How are dentures prepared and fitted?
Like bridges, your mouth serves as a model for your future denture. If you require complete dentures, for example, the dentist will take an impression of the lower and upper arches of your mouth and send it to a dental laboratory. During the next visit, he or she will help you select the colour and shape of the denture(s), with the aim of matching the gums to your own and determining how to best replicate your natural bite. Subsequent visits will involve your dentist adjusting your bite, testing your speech, and verifying the correct function and appearance of the denture gums and teeth. Once the fit is satisfactory, the denture is returned to the laboratory to be fabricated.
Our attractive, natural-looking, and well-fitting dentures will let you re-discover the pleasure of speaking clearly, eating good food, and flashing a perfect natural smile.