Dentures are worn to replace lost or missing teeth. They can help boost a patient’s confidence, making them look and feel younger. They also help function, allowing patients to eat and speak with greater ease.
When a patient has no teeth in the upper or lower jaw, full dentures are used to recreate their smile and bite. Usually made from acrylic (a strong and durable type of plastic) they rely on suction and muscular forces to keep them in place. We also offer cosmetic acrylic dentures that are much more natural and lifelike in their appearance.
If a patient doesn’t have a lot of gum, especially in the lower jaw, full dentures can be difficult to keep secure. Dentures that move often cause embarrassment, difficulty eating and sore spots on the gums. Additionally, denture adhesives are often unpleasant or completely ineffective. Fortunately, implant retained dentures can solve these issues. Our patients can smile with confidence and eat foods they never would have dreamed of before.
Partial dentures are used when only some teeth are missing. Like full dentures they can be made from acrylic. However, we find patients request their dentures are made secure, comfortable and as small as possible. To help us achieve this there are two preferred options for partial dentures
Cobalt chrome dentures are extremely strong and durable. The frame of the denture is a metal alloy, which allows us to add clasps to aid retention. They are particularly useful if there is limited space in a patient’s mouth. The strength of the metal also allows us to keep the denture thin, which is more comfortable.
Flexible dentures are an increasingly popular option for our patients. Advancements in acrylic technology mean flexible dentures are extremely light and durable. They allow us to add clasps to aid retention, but unlike cobalt chrome dentures, there is no metal whatsoever. The strength of the plastic in these dentures means we can make them very thin, eliminating the heavy, bulky feeling of many dentures. The colour and transparency of the plastic allows the natural gum to shine through, making them virtually invisible.