Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. 

Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech so you may therefore need either:

  • Partial Dentures – which replace just one tooth or a few missing teeth
  • Full Dentures – which replace all your upper or lower teeth.

Dentures can be used to replace all or several missing teeth, preserving your facial structure, enabling you to eat properly and giving the appearance of a full set of healthy teeth.

Partial Dentures

If you have a few missing teeth, a partial denture may be a good option for you. A partial denture clips onto the surrounding teeth and fills in the gaps.

A standard partial denture has metal clips which can sometimes damage the teeth that they clip onto. However there is a type of partial denture called a Flexible Denture. This type of denture is made from a flexible plastic and clips onto your surrounding teeth without causing any damage. It is the most comfortable and aesthetically pleasing option as there is no unsightly metal, just gum coloured plastic that sits comfortably and securely.

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Full Dentures

If you need to replace the whole of your upper and/or lower teeth, a full denture may be the best option.

The denture will fit snugly over your gums and jawbone and usually be fitted as soon as your teeth are removed, which means you won’t be without teeth. However, in some cases the gums may need to be left to heal and alter in shape for several months before dentures can be fitted. Temporary dentures may be provided during this time.

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