Dentures remain one of the most popular ways to replace missing or damaged beyond repair teeth. They can be used to replace up to a whole arch of teeth, just one tooth, or several missing teeth and can help return full function to a mouth while also restoring a happy smile. At Deansgate Dental Studio, Dr Rizwaan Chaudhry is dual-qualified and has written for dentistry.co.uk, teaching dentists across the UK about the ins and outs of making bespoke dentures.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth that can be held in place via a combination of tooth supports, clasps, and innovative design. Dentures are removable, and usually made up of a set of prosthetic cosmetic teeth which can be individually fabricated to suit the character of your smile and a base – usually made from acrylic or cobalt chrome – that sits over the gums or roof of the mouth. They are available as either ‘full’ or ‘partial’ dentures.
Full dentures can replace up to a whole arch of teeth and can be used on both the upper and lower jaws. Partial dentures are used to replace several missing teeth at once – in some cases, dentures can also be used to replace just one missing tooth.
Patients will receive their new dentures over a few appointments here at the practice. During the first appointment, measurements, images, and impressions will be taken of the mouth which will then be used to make your dentures.
The dentures are made at an off-site dental laboratory by skilled technicians and will be fitted for you here when they’re ready. In some cases, we’ll also have to carry out a tooth extraction, which will also be done here by our skilled team and under local anaesthetic so you don’t feel a thing.
Dentures usually last 7-10 years.
Alternatives to dentures include dental bridges and implants. We’ll be able to help ascertain the suitability of each treatment during an initial consultation here at the practice.