Eating and speaking may be challenging when you have lost all or most of your teeth and often, any remaining teeth may become displaced as they move to try to fill in the gap. You may also be less than confident about smiling.
Dentures are a common solution for several or all missing teeth and can be made of acrylic or metal. Full dentures replace an entire set of missing teeth on the top or bottom jaw while partial dentures replace one or a few missing teeth. Both these types of denture are removable. For added strength, comfort and security, we also offer permanent dentures that are fixed firmly to the jaw bone using dental implants. These dentures are not removable.
If you feel dentures would be the best treatment for you, your dentist will discuss all the options available.
Permanent or Implant-Retained Dentures
For additional security and strength, you can have permanent dentures attached to dental implants. Dental implants are small, metal screws placed directly in the jaw bone that act as anchors for full or partial dentures, holding them securely in place and preventing problems with the jaw bone shrinking back. It is possible to have implant-retained dentures fitted in one day in many cases.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They comprise a metal or plastic plate with the required number of false teeth attached. Partial dentures clip on to your remaining natural teeth using metal clasps, which hold the denture securely in place but can be unclipped easily for cleaning.
If you have lost all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, or they need to be removed because of gum disease or decay, you will need full dentures.
Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth so that your dentures can be made to fit snuggly over your gums. These impressions are sent to the laboratory, where your dentures will be made up. You may be given a temporary denture while you wait. If you need to have your teeth removed, it is usually possible to fit your dentures straight away, so you won’t be left without teeth.