A denture replaces missing teeth and so can improve the way you bite, chew, speak and look. A full denture replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture fills the spaces left by one or more missing teeth.
Dentures can be made to look as natural as possible. NHS dentures are made of acrylic. Dentures with cobalt chrome plates can be made privately.
In order to make a denture you need several appointments. Firstly we need to take an impression of your teeth and gums, which is sent to the lab where models are made. At your next appointment we may need to take another impression and take measurements of the mouth to show the lab how you bite together. A trial denture is then made by technicians at the lab. For your next appointment we check the fit of your trial denture and make any final changes. If you are happy, we tell the lab to make your permanent denture which you collect at your final appointment. Your dentist will check that you are happy putting in and removing your new denture, and give instructions on how to care for it. If you feel any discomfort after taking your denture home, we can still make adjustments at a later date.
For more information on dentures, click here to visit the British Dental Health Foundation website.