A missing tooth or teeth can be replaced using a denture, which unlike a dental implant, is a removable appliance.
There are several different types of denture. We can provide acrylic (plastic) or chrome (metal-based) partial dentures and complete (or full) dentures.
How Do Dentures Work?
Partial dentures replace one or several missing teeth. Small metal clasps clip on to the remaining teeth to hold partial dentures in place. A full denture is used to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. The presence of strong, high gum ridges are important to hold a full denture in place.
We can also provide implant supported dentures and bridges. The implants are used as anchor points for the denture or bridge, which are designed to be removable for cleaning. This type of denture is useful if remaining teeth are weakened by gum disease or the gum ridges are too flat or thin to hold a normal denture in place.
How to care for your Dentures
It is important to keep your dentures thoroughly clean. These appliances cause plaque bacteria to build up against the teeth and gums, potentially causing decay, irritation of the gums or gum disease. All remaining teeth should also be kept very clean.
Ideally you should remove your dentures at night while you sleep. This allows your gums to rest and recover overnight.
As the shape of the gum changes, dentures will often need to be relined so they remain well-fitted.
If you drop your denture, it can chip or break. Breaks through plastic parts of the denture can usually be repaired. If a metal component is broken or bent, it usually needs to be replaced.
The teeth on dentures can wear down, especially if they chew against natural teeth.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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