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Dentures

Dentures

Dentures, or false teeth as they are often called, are a way of replacing lost teeth and gums.

They are removable and need to be taken out for cleaning. The dentures are made by a specialist technician from impressions and wax moulds that the dentist prepares.

What different types are there?

Dentures can be made entirely of plastic (acrylic dentures) or as plastic on a cast metal base (cobalt chrome dentures). They can be used to replace one or more teeth (a partial denture) or all of the teeth (a full denture).

Dentures can sit passively against the natural teeth or they can be clasped to them to make them fit better. In some cases dentures can be attached to implants in the jaw to stabilise them even more (implant retained dentures). This type of denture is very useful when the jawbone has worn away and there is very little left to support the denture. When the natural teeth have become very worn down or decayed the dentures can be fitted over the roots of the teeth, which can help to give it greater support (an over denture).

Why would I need to change my existing dentures?

On average a set of full dentures will last from between five to ten years. Over this time the jaw bone (or ridge) that the denture sits on will remodel and change shape. This remodelling means the dentures will no longer fit as well and will start to become loose. At the same time the acrylic teeth will have become worn down, which will cause the bite to change. The effect of these gradual changes is for the lower part of the face and cheeks to sag in, which can age a patient dramatically. New dentures will be better fitting, which can give patients a much better feeling of comfort and will allow them to chew their food better. They can also rejuvenate the smile and give patients a great sense of confidence.

 

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