When teeth are removed it can take up to 6 months for the bone and gums to form a stable shape. During this time, a plastic "temporary" or "immediate" denture can be made. A partial denture can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Full dentures are needed when there are no teeth left in the upper or lower jaw. A denture must be removed for cleaning and should be taken out at night. There are a variety of types, but they usually include a metal and/or plastic base carrying plastic or porcelain artificial teeth. Metal clasps are usually used to keep the denture in position. Where possible, these are hidden so that they can't be seen during smiling and talking. It is very important to have realistic expectations of dentures. They should help you to eat, speak and smile confidently, but even the best dentures won't feel the same as natural teeth.
The costs are generally a reflection of the materials used to make the dentures and the time spent by the technician to make the denture. There are different types of denture bases and different types of teeth that can be used to create a denture. A skilled technician is able to make a set of dentures, which just look and feel like natural teeth.
How long do they last?
This can depend upon the quality of materials used to construct the denture. There are high impact acrylics available that are less likely to fracture.
Can you guarantee they won’t be loose?
Unfortunately not. Sometimes a denture can only be as stable as the foundations it sits upon. If the gums have shrunk considerably, then there may be insufficient support for a denture. Flexible dentures and chrome dentures generally have a better fit. In other cases dental implants or the use of a denture fixative could be solutions.
Can I see the types of dentures available?
Yes. We have samples available of all the different types of dentures. Why not arrange an appointment now?