This is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have clips (clasps), to help keep the denture in place in the mouth. Depending on where they are, some of these clips may show when you smile or open your mouth.
Plastic partial dentures are less expensive to make. But unless they are designed very carefully they can damage the teeth they fit against.
You can also get flexible plastic dentures. These dentures do not need clasps as they are held in place by flexing against your natural teeth.
Metal partial dentures are usually from an alloy of cobalt and chromium and they are much stronger. They are lighter to wear and can be supported by the remaining teeth. Although the base is metal, they have gum-coloured plastic and natural-looking teeth fixed to them. They are more expensive than the plastic ones.
What is a denture?
A denture is a removable appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are normally acrylic (plastic) or metal.
How will a denture help?
A denture is a great way to replace a missing space. They can improve function (chewing) and aesthetics (the way you look) which can improve your confidence and self-esteem.
How soon can I have a denture?
You can have an “immediate denture” which involves removal of your tooth on the final visit and then to place the denture in straight away. Over the next to next 3-6 months, the gums and bone will change where the tooth has been lost and the denture may become loose. You can have this relined which involves taking an impression of your existing denture. The other option is to wait 3 months before starting your new denture.
How do I look after them?
Usually kept in during the day and cleaned after every meal. They should be left out at night to give your mouth a rest and a chance for your denture to clean itself.
Will I be able to eat with my dentures?
Initially, you should cut your food into smaller pieces and get used to chewing on both sides. As you become more comfortable with them, start returning to your normal diet.
Will they affect my speaking?
If you have never worn a denture before, initially for the first few days you may experience a change in the way you speak. This will quickly improve as you and your mouth becomes used to the denture. Like with anything new they will take time to adjust.
They are rubbing on my gums?
The early stages can take some time to get used to but just like a new pair of shoes, they may feel a bit tight. Any rubbing or sharp edges can be smoothed by your dentist.
The dentures feel a bit loose?
Everyone’s mouth is different and sometimes they can feel a bit loose. You can learn to control this by using some denture fixative which will hold your dentures better. Your dentist can show you how to apply this.