A denture is a removable option to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
For many, dentures are just a part of everyday life and if your dentist has advised you to consider them as one of your false teeth options, you are not alone. Millions of people wear dentures, helping them to eat, speak and smile with confidence every day.
Between visits to the dentist and the time taken to adjust if you are new to dentures, knowing what to expect throughout the process can help ease any potential worries from your mind.
Fitting Your Denture
When your dentures are being fitted, the following steps are likely to take place:
Tooth removal: Your dentist will take you through the steps, explain what to expect, and can also offer advice for the period afterwards to keep you feeling comfortable and fully informed, if you need to have any teeth removed.
Impression: Moulds of your mouth will be taken in order to create a denture that’s tailored to you.
Bite moulds: Wax blocks are used to check that your biting action is comfortable. You may also be asked to choose the shape and colour of your new teeth at this point.
Wax models: Your new teeth are set in wax, helping you get a better idea of how your final denture will look and work.
Fitting: Your final denture is fitted and you will be given instructions about how you should care for it.
When you go for a consultation to discuss the look and feel of your new denture, it might be worth taking a loved one along for support. Taking some old photographs along with you can also help you to choose a set that match your natural teeth, helping you feel like you again.
If you decide to get fitted with an immediate denture after your teeth have been removed, your dentist will be able to give advice on this.
Two types of dentures are available, complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing in the arch, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Partial dentures can be made with two different types of material.
One is acrylic which is made of a pink/gum coloured acrylic base or chrome cobalt metal base.
- Suitable for most people
- Can be fitted as soon as a tooth is removed
- Easy to adjust and repair
- Cheaper than chrome cobalt
- Not as strong as chrome cobalt
- Tend to be bulky
- Can stain and discolour
- Very strong, thin and light
- Generally designed much smaller than acrylic partials due to the tensile strength of the alloy used
- Hot and cold temperature is immediately transferred through the material when eating or drinking which leads to increased patient comfort
- Excellent Aesthetics.
- More difficult to repair
- Not suitable for every patient wanting a denture
- More expensive than Acrylic Dentures
About St George’s Dental
The dentists at St George’s Dental pride themselves in the highest level of patient care.
Our patients come from all around the local area for their dental treatments. If you live in the following areas – we would love to become your dentist.
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