Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. There are different types of dentures, some are done under NHS and others are done independently


Dentures are removable false teeth that are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps.


Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems such as eating, speech, and drifting of adjacent teeth next to the gap into the space at an angle.


You may therefore need either:

  • complete dentures (a full set), which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or
  • partial dentures, which replace just one or a few missing teeth .

    How dentures are fitted


    Complete dentures


    A full denture will be fitted if all your upper or lower teeth need to be removed or you are having an old complete denture replaced.


    The denture is usually fitted as soon as your teeth are removed, which means you won't ever be without teeth. The denture fits snugly over your gums and jawbone.


    Occasionally however, your gums may need to heal for a few months before dentures can be fitted.


    You can see one of our dentists to have your dentures made and fitted, where the dentist will take measurements and impressions (moulds) of your mouth, then construct your dentures alongside a dental technician


    A trial denture will be created from the impressions that are taken of your mouth. The dentist will try this in your mouth to assess the fit and for you to assess the appearance. The colour and shape may be adjusted before the final denture is made.



    Partial dentures


    A partial denture is designed to fill in the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. It is either a plastic or metal plate with a number of false teeth attached to it. It usually clips onto some of your natural teeth via metal clasps, which hold it securely in place in your mouth. It can easily be unclipped and removed.


    Your dentist will be able to take measurements of your mouth and construct this for you.


    Read the British Dental Health Foundation information about partial dentures, which helps to decide which type of denture (metal or plastic) is best for you. The website also gives information on an alternative called a fixed bridge, which may be suitable for some people.


    Dentures can help prevent the problems stated above, and can improve the appearance of your smile, fill out your face and give you confidence.


    Please refer to "patient education" for more information for caring for your dentures.


    Ref: NHS Choices