Dentures

Dentures are removable replacements used to replace your missing teeth. Dentures are commonly used when an individual has lost their natural teeth due to either gum disease, tooth decay or injury. Replacing missing teeth with dentures benefits both your appearance and your general health – aiding individuals to eat comfortably and your emotional health- making you more confident. Dentures also help to prevent the sagging of facial muscles, without which a person may look older. Importantly, dentures are very similar in appearance to natural teeth, and generally help people improve their smile or facial appearance.

 

What is a Denture?

Dentures are appliances commonly worn to replace lost or missing teeth. There are three types of dentures commonly used:
(a) Complete dentures
(b) Partial dentures and
(c) Implant supported dentures.

Both the complete and partial denture types have a base, known as the plate and either made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. The teeth are usually made of acrylic and made to appear like your natural teeth. In a complete/full denture – all your natural teeth are removed across both your upper or lower jaws and the denture fits snugly over your jawbone and gums. In a partial denture, the gaps left by one of more missing teeth is replaced by these false teeth present on the plate. These partial denture clips on to your natural teeth through metal clasps that secures holds the denture in your mouth. In implant-supported dentures, the dentures are attached on via the implants enabling the denture to stay firm while chewing and conversing,

Dentures are usually removed before going to bed each night. Dentures also require regular maintenance and should be cleaned using a soft toothbrush or denture paste to remove food debris and plaque.