Norberry Dental Centre Dentures
Dentures are removable replacements for natural teeth and gums. If an accident, a disease or poor oral health care has left you with only a few health teeth or none at all, your dentist might suggest dentures to replace your missing teeth.
There are 2 types of dentures: partial and complete. Partial dentures or ”partials” replace one or more teeth, and can be made entirely of plastic (resin) or of a combination of metal and plastic. This type of denture is supported in part by bone and also with hooks and rests on remaining teeth. “Partials” may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. You can take the partial denture out yourself, for cleaning and at night.
If all natural teeth are absent, it is called a “complete” or full denture, and is made plastic (resin). These are what we most often refer to as “false teeth”. Complete dentures are retained by the bone and saliva in your mouth. They can cause soreness at first and take some time to get used to. There are 2 types of complete dentures: immediate dentures and conventional dentures.
Dentures are an economical solution for missing teeth, but do have some drawbacks. As they are not cemented in place, they are prone to movement when eating and speaking and may loosen over time as bone recedes. Also, the hooks that hold partial dentures in place strain the teeth on which they clasp, and can compromise their longevity.
For both types of dentures your dentist or specialist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions. The models are used to custom-make your dentures.