There are several ways to replace missing teeth which include dentures, implants and bridges.
What is a denture?
A denture is also known as a plate and should be removed at night. It is not fixed in the mouth like implants or bridges but is sometimes the best option to replace teeth. You may want to consider a denture if you have already worn one successfully and it needs to be replaced due to wear, you have a lot of teeth to replace, you need a temporary replacement of teeth whilst waiting for an extracted tooth space to heal, you are not suitable for implants or your remaining teeth are not suitable for a bridge.
What are dentures made of?
Dentures can be made from acrylic (plastic) or metal (cobalt chrome), though the teeth are always plastic and you don’t usually see the metal. An acrylic denture can be a bit bulkier than a metal denture but is less expensive whereas a metal denture can made quite small and less obtrusive in your mouth and is ideally used when no further loss of any teeth is likely.
If you have an immediate denture, this is fitted at the same appointment when teeth have to be removed. This type of denture is usually made from acrylic and will normally need to be replaced after 3-6 months as your mouth heals and changes shape. You would then have a new denture made that should last you many years.
Who makes dentures?
A denture is made by a dental technician who creates a bespoke set of teeth individually for you. A technician is a highly skilled person who has trained for at least 5 years to qualify as a dental technician. In order to achieve this beautiful result, you will need several appointments.
What is the process of getting dentures?
At the initial appointment you would have impressions taken of your mouth. These are used to make special trays which the dentist will use to take more accurate impressions at your second appoint as well as making a record of how you bite together. With the dentist, you will also decide on the shade and position of your new teeth. At the next appointment, your teeth will be set up in wax so that you can see how they look and feel in your mouth.
If you are having metal dentures, then you may have an additional stage to try in the metal prior to having the teeth set up. Then the final stage is to fit your new smile. By carefully going through each stage, we aim to ensure that you are delighted with both the appearance and fit of your new teeth.