A denture is a removable appliance designed to replace missing teeth, restore a patient’s confidence and improve their ability to eat and chew.
There are two kinds of dentures. A removable partial denture that can replace one or several missing teeth, or full dentures which can replace the whole set of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. Dentures are either made of metal (cobalt chrome) or acrylic resin.
Having denture treatment may take approximately two to four appointments over two to three weeks, depending on your individual situation. At your initial consultation, your dentist will assess your oral health and determine the best restorative treatment most suitable for you. The first one to two appointments will be when impressions of your upper and lower jaw are taken. These impressions will be sent to the dental laboratory where a trial denture will be fabricated. The next appointment (either the second or third) will be when the trial dentures are fitted to make sure they are comfortable, and that the prosthetic teeth bite together properly. At this appointment your dentist can make the necessary adjustments; then the dentures will be returned to the laboratory for the final stage of completion. The final appointment is when your completed denture will be fitted along with care instructions for your new denture.
Choimes Dental recommends regular dental visits, good oral hygiene and proper cleaning of your new dental appliance to aid in the life of your new denture.