Dentures, also known as false teeth, are removable prosthesis which may replace all the teeth in one or both jaws, or fit false teeth around the natural teeth.
Complete dentures are made of a gum coloured plastic base with artificial teeth positioned so they restore the smile and jaw position, filling out the face and restoring the bite.
A set of dentures requires at least five visits to the dentist starting with taking a mold of the mouth, which is used to make plaster casts, from which a technician designs the dentures. The dentist then ensures the fit is correct and the denture is articulated so it relates to the shape of the jaws, and once fitted further adjustments are often necessary to refine the shape and make the dentures feel natural.
Some older patients may find it difficult to keep their dentures in place, in which case Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic recommends a dental implant to anchor it in firmly. Dental implants are as strong or stronger than natural teeth and an added benefit of using a fixed denture is that dental implants reverse bone loss in the jaw and can therefore stop or reverse the ageing effect this has on the face.
Partial dentures may be used to replace one or more teeth in an arch and can be anchored to natural teeth with metal clasps, although it may be necessary to modify the shape of the natural teeth to ensure the denture fits comfortably. The base plate of removable dentures is made from acrylic or metal, usually silver coloured chrome-cobalt, or a combination of the two. The advantage of using metal is the base may be smaller, covering less of the soft tissue, and therefore more comfortable to wear and eat with.
As well as improving appearance and chewing, a partial denture may also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position in the mouth, which can lead to further tooth loss.
To book an assessment with a Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic prosthodontist, followed up with a treatment plan for full or partial dentures,