A denture is a removable device which can be used to replace one, several or even all of your teeth. They are most commonly known as ‘false teeth’. Dentures have been used successfully for many years as a way of restoring the look and function of the mouth. They can also make a significant impact on the overall appearance of your face by supporting facial features such as the cheeks and lips.
Dentures are normally removable but can be fixed securely in place with dental implants.
A partial denture is used to replace some of the teeth while a full denture will replace them all.
Some people have struggled with uncomfortable or unattractive dentures in the past, which can be off-putting but modern dentures are very natural looking. They fit much more securely and comfortably and are made from high-quality materials, so you can feel confident when eating, talking and smiling.
The manufacture of a denture can be a lengthy process- with several appointments required in order to make sure your denture fits as well as it possibly can.
The process normally takes around 4-6 weeks from start to finish with a period of around a week between appointments.
Initial consultation to check your existing teeth and gums and produce a detailed treatment plan.
Impressions, photographs and X-rays of your mouth will be taken and used to make a wax model of your dentures.
The wax model will be checked for fit and comfort. Once you are completely happy it will be used to produce your final denture.
You will attend a final fitting appointment Check-up appointment (around 1 week later)
Your denture will be made from a gum coloured plastic arch with tooth coloured crowns attached as required. A partial denture will have small metal hooks so that it can be anchored in place by your existing teeth. A full denture will fit similarly to a removable brace. A denture adhesive shouldn’t be required if the denture fits correctly.
If required, and your gums are healthy enough, dentures can also be fixed with implants for a more secure fit.
It can take some time to get used to your new dentures- particularly if you’ve had several missing teeth for a while. You will not only notice a change in the function of your mouth but the way you look too.
Initially you may find it strange when eating- starting with a softer diet and introducing other food items overtime will help.
If your speech is affected then practice talking when you are alone –repeating more difficult words or perhaps reading aloud to yourself.
If your dentures rub or feel sore they may need adjusting, so please contact us at the earliest opportunity.
With good care and attention dentures can last for many years. Here are some tips to help keep your dentures clean and functional:
If you do have any problems at all with your dentures, such as pain, or they start to feel loose or make strange noises (e.g. clicking) then please get in contact straight away.
"I am very pleased with the treatment I received. There was no discomfort during the course of treatment. The treatment has been beneficial because I can now eat anything either side of my mouth and I also I can smile better. I would strongly recommend Senthil to friends and family if they need similar care or treatment"
"Very pleased with quality of treatment, friendliness of practice and patient care. There was very little discomfort and much less than I expected. Improved self-confidence – willing to show teeth when smiling for first time in over 30 years. I would extremely likely to recommend Senthil to friends and family if they need similar care or treatment"
"Well cared for and full explanation to what was happening and good aftercare. Very slight discomfort during the treatment. I benifited from implant treatment as its much less hassle than having a denture"