A removable denture replaces missing teeth. ‘Partial’ dentures replace a few missing teeth and ‘full’ dentures are required if all the natural teeth are missing. Dentures are made of plastic and sometimes metal as well to make them strong and less bulky.
How dentures are made:
- A putty like material is used to make moulds of your mouth – called ‘impressions’. A dental technician uses them to make plaster models for the dentures to be built on.
- The technician will make wax blocks which fit the plaster models. These will be trimmed to show the technician how your teeth should bite together, and shape to make the denture.
- A trial denture is made and tried in the mouth. You will be asked how it fits, feels and looks before making the final changes.
- The trial denture then goes back to the technician who permanently fixes the teeth. The denture is then ready to use.
You will need to be seen fairly soon after the dentures are fitted to see how you are getting on with them. If there are any problems, small adjustments can be made. This is called ‘easing’ your denture.
The benefits of this treatment:
If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.
- They are custom-made to match your mouth and can be made to look as natural as possible.
- You will be able to chew more efficiently.
- Remaining teeth are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly.
- Dentures can be fitted straight after extractions so that nobody needs to know that you have had a tooth out. These are called ‘immediate’ dentures.
It is important to remember that dentures will never feel like your own teeth and it can take time to get used to them. If you haven’t had a denture before, you will have explained to you the difficulties of denture wearing as well as the benefits and how you should look after your new dentures and remaining teeth.