Abacus Dental Care, 52 Lennon Drive, Milton Keynes, MK8 0AS

Dentures can replace multiple missing teeth enabling you to speak and eat normally with a confident smile.

What is a denture?

A denture is a removable replacement for one or more missing teeth that you wear during the day and take out at night. 

Dentures are designed specifically for your mouth, typically with an acrylic base and prosthetic teeth. They fit comfortably and securely over your gums and may sometimes require the use of a denture adhesive.

A modern cosmetic denture can look and feel like natural teeth. Improving the quality of life, by making eating easier and more comfortable and may also help improve appearance as they provide support to surrounding facial structures and muscles.

There are three main types of dentures:

Full Dentures

Complete or full dentures replace all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, or both; giving support to the cheeks and lips.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and is secured to healthy teeth by means of metal clasps or attachments and can be made entirely of acrylic or made from a combination of acrylic and chrome metal.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-Supported Dentures use dental implants secured to the jawbone. It may take around six months before an implant retained denture can be worn as the implant must first be placed and bond securely with the jawbone and will take extensive planning in order to carry out from start to finish.

Is a denture right for me?

After your consultation and examination, your dentist will guide you through the most appropriate treatment option, which may include dentures. Healthy gum tissue and jawbone are usually required for a denture treatment to be considered. 

If a denture is right for you, your dentist will take measurements of your mouth and impressions of your remaining teeth. Depending on your individual case, treatment for dentures can take several appointments to complete. 

Do I have to change my eating habits?

Wearing dentures for the first time may feel strange. When a denture is well-fitting and worn correctly, there are very few restrictions on food to avoid.  

Dentures can take a couple of weeks to get used to and during that time you should try not to eat hard or difficult to chew food. After having worn your dentures for a few weeks, you will find you will be able to eat most types of food.  

How long do Dentures last?

Dentures are generally a long-lasting solution for multiple missing teeth, lasting up to 10 years or so with care. 

Over time, dentures may lose their original form through wear. Your jaw bone and gums can also change shape gradually over time which may make dentures become loose or uncomfortable at which point a new denture may be considered. 

Taking care of your dentures

Your dentist will advise you on how to take care of your denture when it is fitted for the first time. 

Like real teeth, dentures can harbour small food particles and bacteria, so cleaning your dentures after every meal is a good idea. Dentures should also be removed and placed in an antibacterial cleaning solution overnight, although, specific instructions will be given to you by your dentist once the dentures are made for you.

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