Our dentures are made to your individual specification. We aim to make our dentures look and feel as natural as possible, we do this by taking impressions of your upper and lower jaws and recording how you bite together. We also match the shade of the teeth perfectly to suit the individual.
When all your teeth are missing, a complete denture can be used to replace them, whereas if only a few teeth need replacing, a partial denture can be used. Partial dentures can prevent your remaining healthy teeth from moving following the loss of teeth. There is a variety of materials available for dentures, most commonly acrylic or chrome.
The Procedure (4 stages)
On your first appointment, your dentist will assess your dental needs and examine your mouth for suitability. Teeth and gums need to be in good condition as we would want to ensure the mouth is as healthy as possible before commencing treatment.
Impressions (1) would need to be taken of your gums and any existing teeth to create a model that will be used to fabricate the dentures. You would then need to book another appointment approximately a week after as a dental technician would need to fabricate each stage of your denture construction specifically to you and your dentists request.
At the next appointment (2) the dentist will have an impression tray that is made specifically for your mouth, this is where you will have a more accurate impression taken to ensure the denture will fit the contours in your mouth exactly. The second appointment will also be where we need a bite registration using a wax block, this is a record of how your teeth fit together in the mouth.
It will then be taken back to a laboratory, where a ‘try-in’ denture(s) are made from wax for the ‘try-in’ appointment (3). These ‘try-in’ dentures are to make sure that both the patient and the dentist are happy with the dentures look and fit before your finished dentures are constructed.
The Final Stage
Fitting of the completed denture(s) (4 )making sure all is comfortable, stable and aesthetically correct.
Small adjustments to the denture maybe made according to the patients need.
The construction of a new denture will usually take about 4 weeks from first to fit appointment.
In the days after the dentures are fitted they will ‘bed in’ becoming more stable but possibly pressing or rubbing in a new area, your dentist will ask you to point out any sore spots so that any necessary adjustments can be made. You may find talking or eating is affected at first whilst the muscles of your mouth accommodate to the new feel of the denture(s). It is not unusual to visit your dentist several times during the initial weeks after the fitting for minor adjustments.