Removable dentures are used when you need to replace missing teeth. Dentures can be either full, replacing all teeth, or partial, replacing some teeth. To fit dentures, your dentist first takes a mold of your mouth. The mold is sent to a dental lab where the dentures are manufactured to fit the shape of your mouth. The manufacturing process takes approximately 8 to 12 weeks. In some cases, the dentures can be prepared before teeth are extracted, allowing you to have your new teeth right away. In other cases, the gums need to heal before dentures can be fitted.
There are some advantages to dentures. Dentures can make your life easier by giving you more confidence in your smile and making it easier to talk and eat. They are also one of the most cost-effective solutions; dentures are covered under NHS band 3 dental treatment.
There are also several disadvantages associated with dentures. They can be difficult to maintain and easy to break. They do not prevent bone loss. As the shape of your mouth changes, the dentures become loose and uncomfortable. If you have to wear them for many years, the bone can degrade so much that it may be impossible to fit them comfortably. For these reasons, you may find dental implants a better option.
To determine if dentures are right for you, make an appointment to meet with one of our specialist.