What are dentures?

Dentures are a common acrylic or metal prosthesis that is worn to replace, restore and maintain function of missing teeth. Essentially, they are artificial teeth on a plastic base which is precisely fitted to the jaw.

Over time, our teeth can become brittle and worn or damaged by tooth decay or trauma. Severe damage may render the tooth non-restorable and as a result, the best option may be to have it pulled out. Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) is another leading cause of tooth loss. Periodontitis is caused by the infection of the gum and jawbone, if left untreated, it can result in irreversible damage, mobility and eventually, tooth loss. Your dentist will explain your options in detail and help you make an informed decision about which treatment to choose.

Depending on how many teeth are missing, you may be recommended either:

  • A partial denture: to replace only a few missing teeth, in which case, clasps are required to secure the denture onto natural teeth,
  • A full denture: to replace all of the upper teeth or all of the lower teeth, or both.

How are dentures made?

The making and fitting of dentures happens over 4-5 appointments. A number of impressions of the dental arch and any remaining teeth are taken over several appointments and the colour and shape of the artificial teeth are decided. Your dentist will then collaborate with the dental laboratory to fabricate the denture.

The dentures are then sent back so that your dentist can fit the denture in for you and create the final adjustments before you are brought back for the final try in.

New dentures may take a few weeks to get accustomed to and your dentist will discuss what to expect when wearing your dentures. However, if your dentures do not seem to be fitting quite right, we recommend coming back to have them re-adjusted for a better, comfortable fit.

We will provide instructions on how often to wear and how to take good care of your dentures.


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