Dentures are often snubbed as the out-of-date solution to replacing missing teeth. Yes this may be true, but they still have a place in modern dentistry.

Dentures are a cost effective method of replacing multiple teeth in a short period of time. They can be used as an interim option after a tooth is lost.

For example, if a tooth has to be extracted, and an implant is planned, a small partial denture is required to be worn to keep the space for the implant and of course to maintain aesthetics.

Dentures can be

  • Partial dentures replacing 1+ teeth in the arch
  • Full dentures replacing all teeth in the arch

What are Dentures made from?

Dentures are made from

  • An acrylic base
  • Metal base / cobalt chrome, with acrylic teeth

How do Dentures work?

Full Dentures use the force between the saliva and the gum to hold in place. The wider the area the more retentive the force.

Partial dentures can be held in also by the saliva/gum force, also by the acyclic engaging into the grooves of the neighbouring teeth and finally by metal hooks or clasps if required.

What are Flexible Dentures?

Flexible dentures, or more commonly known as Valoplast, are a very popular option to replace 1-3 teeth on the same side.

Instead of designing a conventional denture that would require to sit across the whole arch of teeth for retention and clip in on the other side, this flexible denture scraps this. Flexible can be smaller in size and due to their flexibility they require no unsightly metal hooks to clip in.

What are the advantages of Dentures?

Dentures are generally:

  • Smaller
  • High Patient acceptance
  • No metal hooks on show

What are the disadvantages of Dentures?

Dentures are generally:

  • Higher cost
  • Can cause gum stripping from the flexible retaining arms on removal/insertion
  • Cannot be added to, they are made as the original piece only

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