Denture

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Dentures

What is it?


A removable denture replaces missing teeth. ‘Partial’ dentures replace a few missing teeth and ‘full’ dentures are needed if all the natural teeth are missing. Dentures are made of plastic and sometimes metal as well to make them strong and less bulky.

 

What happens?

 

    •     The dentist uses putty-like material to make moulds of your mouth - called ‘impressions’. A dental technician uses them to make plaster models for the denture to be built on.
    •     The technician will make wax blocks which fit the plaster models. The dentist trims them to show the technician how your teeth should bite together, and the shape to make the denture.
    •     A trial denture is made and put in your mouth. The dentist will ask you how it fits, feels and looks before they make any final changes
    •     The trial denture then goes back to the technician who permanently fixes the teeth. The denture is then ready to use.

The dentist may want to see you again fairly soon to see how you are getting on with the denture. If there are problems, they can make small adjustments. Dentists call this ‘easing’ your dentures.

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