A denture is a removable appliance to replace missing teeth and tissue. Our dentists and prosthetist will assess the requirement of denture and can prescribe the most suitable complete or partial dentures.
Complete Dentures are a set of teeth that are made to replace all the teeth of the top or bottom jaw (sometimes both). Full Dentures are commonly referred to as false teeth and are generally made from acrylic plastic. There are two parts of a complete denture:
Artificial teeth - These function like regular teeth, and help you chew and bite food as you did before tooth extraction.
Denture base - This part of the denture acts as a foundation for artificial teeth and also restores the defective soft and hard tissues.
Partial Denture is a removable appliance, usually used to replace a few missing teeth in either upper or lower jaws. It can be made from acrylic plastic or metal framework. To know more about dentures and to discuss about the type of denture that suits you best book a consultation with our dentist.
Acrylic Partial Dentures
Acrylic is a rigid resin material. For dentures, it is pink for the base and gums, and enamel coloured for the replacement teeth. An acrylic partial denture is held in the mouth by metal clasps, which grip onto surrounding natural teeth. When in place, this metal is partially or fully covered by your mouth.
Metal Partial Dentures
This denture has a metal base, usually made from an alloy containing cobalt and chrome. Like an acrylic partial, the material used for the gums is a pink acrylic and the replacement teeth are enamel coloured resin. Two major benefits of this type of denture are:
- They can be designed to be thin and strong
- They provide greater supporter for your remaining teeth
Additional Information about Dentures
- Dentures do not last forever.
- Though your denture fit perfectly, you should get it checked regularly from your dentist.
- Dentures may take a little bit of getting used to, but you can eat normally and speak clearly with them.
- Never try to repair the denture by yourself.
- Denture material is hard and durable but not permanent. You have to replace it after certain time period.
- Dentures may break if dropped.
- Because of wear and tear a natural appearance of denture teeth may change.
- Dentures should not be painful or uncomfortable, if they are, then you should visit the dentist at Watervale Dental for proper adjustment.
How to care for your Dentures
- Rinse dentures after eating
- Soak your dentures daily in denture care solution.
- Brush your dentures daily.
- Remove your dentures at night.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
Following should be avoided for Denture care
- Abrasive cleaning materials
- Whitening toothpastes
- Hot water