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Treatments - Removable Dentures

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What is it?

A removable denture replaces missing teeth. 'Partial' dentures replace a few missing teeth and 'full' dentures are needed if all the natural teeth are missing. Dentures are made of plastic and metal is sometimes used also to make them strong and less bulky.

What will my dentist do?

The dentist uses putty-like material to make moulds of your mouth - called 'impressions'.

  • This is sent off to a laboratory where a dental technician uses them to make plaster models for the denture to be built on.
  • The technician will make wax blocks, which fit the plaster models.
  • The dentist will then trim the wax to show the technician how your teeth should bite together, and the shape to make the denture.
  • A trial denture is made in wax and put in your mouth. The dentist will ask you how it fits, feels and looks before they make any final changes.
  • The trial denture then goes back to the technician who¬†processes it¬†into acrylic and fixes the teeth. The denture is then ready to use.

Dentures can sometimes take some getting used to. The dentist may make another appointment a week after they have been fitted to check how you are getting on with them. The dentist will want to explain the difficulties of wearing dentures, as well as the benefits and how you should look after your new dentures and the teeth you have left.

What are the benefits?

If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.

  • Dentures 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.
  • The natural teeth that are left are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly.
  • Dentures can be fitted straight after teeth have been taken out so that nobody will know that you have had a tooth out. These are called immediate dentures.

We also offer Valplast © Flexible Dentures which offer greater comfort and are virtually invisible