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Dentures

Dentures, also known as false or artificial teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. They are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however, there are many different types (including permanent dentures) which rely on bonding or clasping onto the teeth or dental implants.

Are dentures comfortable?

Dentures, also known as false or artificial teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. They are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however, there are many different types (including permanent dentures) which rely on bonding or clasping onto the teeth or dental implants.

Can others tell you're wearing one?

These days they are produced with great aesthetic detail and are almost indistinguishable from regular teeth. When fitted, modern dentures blend comfortably and naturally in the mouth alongside your remaining teeth. These same advances mean costs are much more affordable.

Are they easy to eat with?

As with any new fixture in the mouth such as braces, implants or bridges, patients can encounter a period of becoming accustomed to their newly fitted dentures. After this initial period, most patients are very comfortable with them and enjoy the benefits of being able to eat a wider range of food options once again. Our dentist will run through all of the pros and cons specific to your situation. 

Will they need replacing?

If well maintained and cared for they will retain their shape and function for many years. However, like the human body as a whole, the shape of your mouth will change over time. As a result, we recommend getting them refitted or replaced every 8 - 10 years. The key, however, is to ensure your dentures are well looked day-in, day-out.

What are the other benefits?

Dentures are considered a less invasive and more conservative form of tooth replacement when compared to other options. They also help preserve the shape of your mouth, which if left unfilled can lead to things like sagging cheeks. They are also seen as a cost-effective solution, again by comparison to other options and most types can also be removed easily when not required.

How much do dentures cost?

When compared to other tooth replacement options (like bridges or dental implants) they are considered a much more cost-effective option. The exact pricing will vary from patient to patient, depending on the situation/complexity, but our clinical dental technicians will be able to break these down for you and make sure your denture requirements are fully met.

What types of dentures are there?

There are many different types available which all have different functions and purposes. These are described below and your dentist will be able to further advise which is best for you.

Complete dentures

Complete (or full dentures) are a full set prosthetic that cover the complete arch of the mouth, replacing all missing teeth within the arch.

Acrylic partial dentures

Acrylic partial is used when only a few teeth are missing within the arch. They are removable, light and cost-effective.
Immediate dentures
These are typically temporary, fitted after tooth extraction to allow the healing process to begin around the extracted area. They are used during the transition period before permanent dentures are fitted.

Metal partial dentures

This is a type that is fitted with a metal frame and clasps that clip onto the surrounding crowns in your mouth. They are advantageous as they are firm and help prevent adjacent teeth from shifting in the mouth.

Valplast flexible dentures

Valplast flexible is a premium product made with a type of thermoplastic that is lightweight and versatile. They have invisible clasps that surround natural teeth and are for a natural feel in the mouth.

Implant retained dentures

Implant retained replace a complete arch of teeth and offer the most secure fitted solution. They also assist with jawbone preservation.