A denture is a removable dental prosthesis used to replace missing teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth, support collapsed facial features as a result of tooth loss and enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it also prevents other teeth from shifting into the empty spaces.
Generally dentures will rest on the gums, and won’t require the support of implants. However, in some cases we may decide to create implant supported dentures for a patient. This usually occurs when someone has been missing teeth for a long time and the dentures become unstable. Using special attachments, the dentures slot onto the implant to enhance stability and function. This method offers peace of mind that the denture will remain in place whilst talking, eating and speaking.
Conventional lower dentures tend to be less stable, so it’s common that we employ the implant supported method when working in this area. There are of course exceptions to the rule in which we apply the technique to both the upper and lower jaw, but generally a regular denture is stable enough on its own in the area.
Dentures are very durable and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear and tear. The process of getting dentures begins by taking highly accurate impressions (moulds) and measurements to create a custom made set for each patient. Several appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, colour, and fit. At the final appointment, we will precisely adjust and place the completed dentures, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
Dental erosion is the irreversible loss of tooth structure due to chemical dissolution by acids. Overtime, the softened enamel or dentine begins to wear, resulting in thinning of the tooth structure which in turn can modify the shape and appearance of your teeth and may also lead to sensitivity to temperature.
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