What Are Dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth as well as restoring aesthetics and function. Every denture case is unique and requires the clinical skill and judgement of the dentist to provide the best possible treatment.
Dentures are available in two main forms:
  • Full dentures which replace all your natural teeth once they have been lost.
  • Partial dentures which replace missing teeth, where one or more of your natural teeth remain.

Is Everyone With Missing Teeth Suitable For Dentures?
No – everyone with missing teeth may not be suitable to have dentures. This is a clinical decision and is based on the dentists assessment of your mouth. Each case is different and the dentist will be happy to discuss this option or other possible options with you.
Who Makes The Dentures?
All the clinical stages and decisions are made by the dentist who writes a prescription which is sent to the dental laboratory along with an impression of your mouth. From these the dentures are constructed by skilled technicians.
What Do Dentures Feel Like?
If you have never had a denture before it may feel quite strange for the first week or so while you adjust to having teeth in a position where previously there was a gap. Some dentures cover most of all of the roof of your mouth which may alter taste sensation as there are a few small taste buds on ... Read more
Partial Dentures
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean that your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.

How are missing teeth replaced?
This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision. There are two main ways to replace the missing teeth. This first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.

What is a partial denture?
This is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may be al plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have clips (clasps), to help keep the denture in place in the mouth. Depending on where they are, some of these clips may show when you smile or open your mouth.

What is the difference between a plastic partial denture and one that contains metal?
Plastic partial dentures are less expensive to make. But unless they are designed very carefully they can damage the teeth they fit against. Metal partial Dentures are usually from an alloy of cobalt and chromium and they are much stronger. They are lighter to wear and can be supported by the ... Read more
How do I choose the best type of denture for me?
Be guided by your dentist. He or she will know the condition of your remaining teeth and will be able to advise you on your individual situation. In most cases a metal-based partial denture gives the best result.