Dentures

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What are dentures?

A denture replaces missing teeth and are commonly referred to as ‘false teeth’. A denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function, and improves your appearance.

How long does it take to make dentures?

You would normally attend over five visits which are usually one week apart to allow for the dental laboratory to construct the components to fit the patient.  We choose to work only with the best laboratories many of which are DAMAS registered.  This reassures us that we are providing the best for our patients.  We are in regular communication with the dental laboratories and they often join us to give their input when required.

What to expect during each visit?

  1. Primary impressions
  2. Secondary impressions
  3. Bite registration/tooth shade
  4. Try in
  5. Fit

Each visit will take approximately 20 minutes

Useful suggestions to help you to adapt to the new dentures:

Eating – Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods and foods cut into small pieces will help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing, include other foods until you return to your normal diet.

Increased salivary flow – You may experience an increase in salivary flow when the dentures are first inserted. This is a natural response of the salivary glands that will return to normal after a few weeks.

Speech – New dentures may alter your speech initially. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will speed up the adaptation process. This problem rarely persists beyond two weeks.

Sore spots – Minor irritation caused by surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas are quite common. Your dentist will relieve the discomfort by adjusting the denture. Stop wearing the denture if the irritation is very painful and contact the practice immediately.