Dentures are removable prosthetics constructed by your dentist or a dental prosthetist to replace missing teeth and rejuvenate your smile.
Our professional prosthetist can replace lost teeth with either a full or partial denture. Dentures are supported by surrounding structures as well as clasps. Filling in missing teeth can help with eating and speaking, support facial appearance and prevent facial sagging.
Types of Dentures
- Full Dentures
- Partial Dentures
Full dentures are for those who have lost the majority of their natural teeth. Full dentures replace all the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw. They can be either ‘conventional’ or ‘immediate’. A conventional denture is fitted more than 2–3 months after the removal of teeth to allow healing of the gums. However, immediate dentures are fitted on the day of removal of teeth to ensure patients aren’t left without teeth during the healing period. Realignment is usually required shortly after immediate dentures are fitted.
A partial denture replaces one missing tooth or a group of teeth. They are attached to the remaining teeth in the arch with clasps or attachments. They can be made with acrylic or metal.
How do I eat with dentures?
New dentures can feel bulky and awkward during the initial weeks. Mouth sores can develop and the gums may need time to get used to the new dentures. After the first few weeks the mouth will adapt, and practicing eating, speaking, and taking them in and out correctly from your mouth will help.
When eating for the first time, start with soft foods such as soup. Also take small bites and chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. During the early stages taste can be different, but this should improve with time. Sometimes it can be hard to judge the temperature of food and drinks too, so be careful.
Eventually, you can eat almost anything! However, you may want to avoid some ‘difficult’ foods that may dislodge or even break your denture.