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A conventional full denture is used to replace all of your teeth. It relies on the bone and overlying gums to support them. Over time the gums and bone shrinks back, often meaning that the full dentures can become loose.
Full dentures are held in place by the fit and suction of the denture against the gums.
For many people without any teeth in either the top or bottom of the mouth, a complete denture provides a good solution.
A partial denture, removable bridge or precision metal denture as they are also known rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges and are a stable and cost-effective alternative to dental implants.
Implant retained dentures
This is a denture that is attached to the mouth, via implants, that are placed into your mouth. In some cases it can take as little as two implants to stabilise a denture An implant acts like an artificial tooth root and provides an anchoring point to which a denture is attached. This type of denture works really well with patients who are worried about loose or ill fitting dentures.
Denture implants will not move because they are physically attached to the jaw and not held in by suction. This gives the wearer more confidence and happiness as a result.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth, for cleaning etc. For this reason they are often described as removable prosthesis or removable dentures. Dentures are a cost-effective solution for many people to replace missing teeth.
Can anyone have dentures?
Without carrying out a detailed assessment of the mouth (teeth and gums) it is difficult to give an exact answer, but generally anyone with one or more missing teeth could have a denture to replace them. There are many options and once we’ve assessed your mouth, we will always run through all of your options in detail to find the best solution for you.
How do Dentures Work?
Dentures work by replacing the missing gum and tooth which is lost when a tooth is removed or falls out.
Why do I need a denture?
People have dentures for different reasons, some it’s a functional reason to help them eat and chew better. For others, it is for cosmetic purposes so that there are no gaps when they smile or talk. Teeth also serve to support the face, when teeth are lost the face loses some of it’s support causing the cheeks to fall in which can create an effect of premature ageing.
If you would like to explore all the denture options to replace missing teeth or have an existing denture that is not fitting or working as it should, contact our team of experts and in-house laboratory team for a consultation.
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