Dentures, also known as false teeth, may replace all the teeth in one or both jaws, or neatly fit false teeth around the natural teeth where teeth have been lost.
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.
How it works
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 our technician will design the dentures.
Dr Ruparelia will then ensure the fit is correct and the denture is articulated so it relates properly to the shape of the patient’s jaws, and further adjustments may subsequently be necessary to refine the shape and make the dentures feel natural.
Partial dentures may be used to replace one or more teeth 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 the denture feels more comfortable to wear and eat with.
What are the benefits?
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 Dr Ruparelia, followed up with a treatment plan for full or partial dentures, please book a consultation at Tewkesbury Dental.
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