are removable replacements for missing
teeth. They are made out of an acrylic resin
and normally porcelain or metal will be
added for additional structural support. If
are well looked after, you
will have a very natural looking smile.
will also help strengthen
muscles controlling your expressions and you
will be free of any speech problems which
were caused by missing teeth. If you've lost,
or are losing, all of your teeth a Complete
replacement could be the perfect
solution for you.
It is important to discuss this procedure with
as there are several personal and medical factors to take into
consideration. You may also have the option of
The procedure differs depending on the type of dentures you are
having fitted. This is a simplified breakdown of the
procedure for the placement of complete dentures:
- A "wax bite" impression is created to help your dentist can find the
exact measurements of your mouth.
- You will try-on the dentures and the color, shape, and fit will be adjusted
until a perfect match is found.
- Your dentures are fabricated and then placed in your mouth.
- Your dentist will instruct you on taking care of your dentures.
More often than not, some teeth will have to be extracted. In some cases surgery
is required to improve the bony ridges that stabilize your dentures.
Types of Dentures
These replace all of your teeth filling the entire upper or/and lower jaws. The level of comfort depends on your muscles, bones,
tongue, and saliva. Upper Dentures are a little easier to adjust to.
Immediate Dentures are placed all at once. It may take several months for your bone and tissue to stabilize following the tooth extractions.
These are similar to Complete Dentures but not all teeth are extracted and they use one or more natural teeth for their support.
They also provide more stabilization during chewing than. On the down side they are more expensive and normally require more preparation.
Partial dentures are placed to fill the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing.
The dentures are anchored to your teeth with metal attachments. They maintain tooth alignment
because they prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. They can also help prevent your loss of
more teeth due to decay or gum disease.
: Cosmetic Removable Partial Denture
Advantages & Disadvantages of Dentures
- Dentures provide a pleasant, natural looking smile.
- They are extremely durable.
- If well maintained, they should last from five to ten years.
- They can correct problems with speech to chewing, for many patients.
- Dentures take a little while to get used to.
- There is maintenance involved.
- In the first few days, you may encounter speech problems.
- You may suffer from mouth irritation or sores. These are usually caused by
poor dental hygiene, and not removing your dentures when needed.
- Your mouth is constantly changing in shape so they may need to be
replaced to achieve a better fit.
- You will only be able to chew at 15-23% efficiency compared to a person
chewing with their natural teeth.
- In the case of a full upper denture, the upper palate is covered and this will
affect your sense of taste.