A popular and widely used option for replacing missing teeth, dentures can either be complete, that is they replace an upper or lower arch, or both, or they can be partial, filling the space left by several missing teeth, preventing the remaining teeth from moving out of position. Dentures can be made entirely from acrylic, or may be bonded with metal in order to provide additional structural support.
Dentures are made from a detailed mold of your gum contour and remaining teeth, in the case of a partial denture. They need to fit precisely, from your initial assessment appointment through to receiving your completed denture, it can take approximately four to five visits.
A complete denture is secured in place with adhesive gel and suction, whilst partial dentures are often held in place by clasps, which attach to your natural teeth on either side of the space. Both complete and partial dentures should remain stable at all times. If you notice your denture starts to become loose or slips when you speak, cough or chew, you should schedule an appointment to have it adjusted.
Missing teeth can over time cause your gums to alter its shape and as such, your denture may not fit as snugly as it did when first placed. Relining is when the base of your denture needs to be re-shaped or replaced entirely so it fits comfortably and remains secure. Relining can often be completed in a single appointment taking 1 - 2 hours.