Dentures are acrylic prosthetic devices comprised of replacement artificial teeth, which are attached to a pink denture base and designed to fit the contours of the mouth. They are used to replace missing or extracted teeth caused by genetic developmental irregularities, injury, malnutrition, tooth decay and gum disease.
Yes, there are partial and complete dentures, which are designed to either replace a few missing teeth within an arch or a full set of teeth on either arch. The upper arch is called the maxillary and the lower arch is the mandibular. Dentures may be fixed or removable depending on the denture base. If an acrylic base is used dentures are usually removable, but they can be fixed if attached to dental implants.
The dentist takes an impression of your mouth which is then sent to a lab. The moulds are then used to create dentures to fit your oral specifications. Dentures should be cleaned like normal teeth to remove plaque, so that tartar build-up doesn’t cause infection in the mouth. When a patient receives their custom-made dentures, the dentist provides them with guidance on how best to care for their dentures for optimal wear.
Wearing dentures can pose some challenges affecting oral function, aesthetics and comfort. The main concerns are denture stability, support and retention.
Sliding or poorly designed dentures may:
Many people benefit from wearing dentures and if fitted correctly they can be worn comfortably for a number of years. Dentures may improve chewing and eating activities, aid speech, enhance facial expression and raise confidence. Any denture stabilisation concerns should be discussed with a dentist for appropriate treatment.
Access to both interest-free and interest-bearing finance options that
allow you to spread the cost of treatment, making it more affordable.