What is a denture?
A denture is a removable prosthesis which is used to replace some or all the teeth. It is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal.
A partial denture is used to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is used when all the natural teeth in a jaw are missing.
A good set of dentures helps you to eat and often can improve the appearance. Occasionally a denture can be used as a provisional treatment solution for patients who are having multiple extractions and/or implant treatment.
How long does it take to make a denture?
It will take a number of visits in order to fabricate a denture, with each visit involving precise treatment steps that are essential to ensure that a comfortable fit and the appearance you desire is achieved. After your initial consultation, we can discuss with you in detail the length of time, number of appointments and the procedures that will be involved in order to fabricate your new dentures. The dentists at The London Centre for Prosthodontics are highly trained and specialised in the art of making dentures.
What to expect?
It can take several days or weeks to get used to wearing dentures and before an individual feels that a denture is comfortable and functioning effectively. It takes longer if you are a first-time denture wearer and as the number of teeth being replaced increases. Eating will require practice and it is advisable to start with soft food cut into small pieces.
New dentures may also alter the speech and pronouncing certain words will require practice. We will be best placed to advise you on the difficulties you might face following a detailed consultation and evaluation.
Certain patients may find it too difficult to adapt to using dentures and their normal daily routine may be affected. In these cases, precision clips attached to dental implants may be used to help retain and stabilise the denture.
Alternatively dental implants can be used to support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to wear a denture at all.