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Dentures

Dentures are ways of replacing a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth using the palate and gum ridges for support. As well as complete dentures, we offer three alternative partial denture options - plastic, valplast (flexible poly acrylic material), and metal precision.

Complete Dentures - If you have already had all your natural teeth removed and are in need of a complete denture, we can make these for you. These are usually made 3-4 months after extraction to allow for your gums to shrink and enable a better fit.

Immediate Dentures – these can be fitted directly after your remaining natural teeth are extracted (i.e. at the same appointment). Impressions (moulds) are made before any remaining damaged teeth are removed so that when those final teeth are removed the denture can be fitted immediately. This helps control swelling and bleeding after the extraction, and means that you are not without a denture (while your complete denture is being made).

Immediate Dentures usually require relining after 6-8 months to improve the fit following the healing jaw shrinkage.

Partial Denture Options

1. Plastic Partial Denture - Fits on the gum and usually has wire clasps to hold it in place. It is taken out of the mouth to clean.

Advantages
• Natural appearance 
• Quick to construct – 3-5 days
• Easily cleaned by removing from the mouth
• Low cost – the cheapest option

Disadvantages
• Feels bulky and unnatural in the mouth
• Often moves under pressure since it is not firmly retained in the mouth
• Wire clasps can show at the back of the mouth
• Can irritate the gums
• Can break if subjected to heavy pressure


2. Valplast Partial Denture – Made from a thin and slightly flexible poly acrylic material. It is removable from the mouth.

Advantages
• Very natural appearance
• No wire clasps required
• Short construction time -1-2 weeks
• Removable so that it is easy to clean
• Very strong and less bulky than a plastic partial denture
• Can be partially tooth-supported
• Free of metal content

Disadvantages
• Unable to add more teeth to it, if this is a future requirement
• More firmly retained than a plastic denture but not as well retained or tooth supported as a metal precision denture


3. Metal Precision Partial Denture - Fits tightly in the mouth being attached to the existing teeth with metal claps and rests. It is also taken out of the mouth to clean.

Advantages
• Natural appearance, although metal clasps may be visible at the back of the mouth
• Fits firmly in the mouth so can chew normally with it
• Easily cleaned by removing from the mouth
• Much stronger and less bulky than plastic partial dentures

Disadvantages
• Metal clasps are often visible at the back of the mouth
• Metal connectors (in the roof of the mouth or inside the lower jaw) can be irritating and take time to get used to
• Takes longer to construct – 3-4 weeks

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Preventive Dentistry
Preventive Dentistry
General Dentistry
General Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry
Orthodontics
Orthodontics
Missing Teeth Options
Missing Teeth Options