A denture is a removable appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth. Commonly referred to as “false teeth’, a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. Properly made and fitted, dentures can significantly improve appearance and function.
There are many types of dentures- full, partial, metal based or chrome, over, flexible plastic and implant retained dentures. Your dentist is able to advise on the best available options for you.
Ooralea Dental Care wants to make sure that you have the best fitting and longest lasting dentures possible. As dentists, before all dentures are made we thoroughly check all remaining teeth with x-rays to confirm that they are strong and healthy and thus avoid the need for denture remakes.
A full denture is one that replaces all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. A full denture provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak. The gums also shrink over a period of time and this causes a denture to become loose and poorly fitting. For this reason, dentures should be replaced to maintain optimal fit, function and appearance.
A partial denture is a relatively simple way to replace missing teeth in an aesthetic and functional manner to match your remaining teeth and complement your individual appearance. Partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps and rests, tooth coloured clasps or precision attachments to help secure the denture firmly in your mouth. They are specially designed and custom fitted to the individual.
The process of making partial dentures may require some minor tooth modifications to ensure that the dentures fit correctly and comfortably. Only your dentist can perform any preparation of your teeth to achieve the optimal result.