What is a denture
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. It is made from acrylic resin (a type of hard plastic) sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth whilst partial dentures replace some missing teeth and prevent the remaining teeth from moving.
Dentures can improve chewing ability, speech, and provide support for the facial muscles. They are also important in maintaining and improving appearance.
Newer materials now available can restore appearance so that others cannot tell you are wearing dentures.
How are they constructed?
Dentures usually require about 4 or 5 surgery visits
- Impression stage - initial impressions are taken of your teeth and gums and plaster models are made in the dental laboratory.
- Bite stage - the dental technician then makes a wax rim for the dentist to register how you bite. This is returned to the lab and it tells the technician how your top and bottom jaws meet. It will also give him/her information on how much tooth you will show and how your lips are supported. It is often a good idea to bring an old photo of how your teeth looked before you lost them.
- Try-in stage - teeth are then added to the wax and tried in the mouth to gauge appearance and fit. We will check first for technical accuracy then let you see how the new denture looks. If you have any concerns about the appearance please let us know at this stage and we can change things very simply. A further try-in stage may be required.
- Fit stage - the denture is now finished in the laboratory and is ready to be fitted ......you go away wearing it.
- Subsequent visits may be necessary for adjustments as the dentures 'bed in'.