A denture is a removable prosthesis which is used to replace some (partial denture) or all (complete denture) of the missing teeth in a jaw. It is either made of acrylic or a combination of metal and acrylic.
A good denture is a cost effective way of replacing multiple teeth and will help you to eat and improve the appearance of your smile. Occasionally dentures will be used as a temporary replacement of teeth for patients undergoing implant treatment or who are having multiple teeth extracted.
When making a denture several visits are required, with each visit essential in ensuring that the final denture is comfortable to wear and has the desired appearance. It can take several weeks to get used to wearing a denture and for it to feel comfortable and function effectively. It takes longer if you have never worn a denture before or as the number of teeth being replaced increases. Eating requires practice and a soft diet is recommended in the initial stages of wearing a denture for the first time. A new denture can also affect your speech and practice is required to be able to speak comfortable.
For patients that are unable to adapt to a denture dental implants can be used to help retain and stabilise a denture. Alternatively dental implants can be used to support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to wear a denture at all.