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A denture is a removable dental appliance to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from drifting.
At Oxshott Dental for patients needing a denture, we always ensure to save as many teeth as possible as the more teeth present will improve stability and function especially in the lower jaw.
An immediate denture is when teeth are extracted and a temporary denture is placed immediately to prevent the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process of 3 to 6 months. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments might be necessary or a new denture will have to be made.
Dentures can be made just of acrylic (plastic), but partial dentures are best constructed of metal and acrylic.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear and continual shrinkage of the gum.
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (moulds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, colour, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
Upper dentures with insufficient suction might require a denture adhesive. Lower dentures where there is not enough gum for retention might require implants.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the lifespan of your new dentures.