Dentures Replacing lost or missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak. A denture is an appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth to enable you to enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. A complete or full denture is one that replaces all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.The base of a denture is called a plate and can be made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. The teeth are normally made of acrylic and can be made to match your natural teeth. This is especially important in the case of partial dentures. Denture Relining As time goes by, the shape of your mouth and gums will change naturally. This can mean that over time, your dentures won’t fit you the way they should. By adapting your dentures to fit with the unique and changing characteristics of your mouth, we will ensure that your dentures continue to offer you the best fit and feel. With passage of time, our mouth and gums change naturally in shape and size. The bone which lies below the gums will undergo some wear during to the continuous pressure of chewing and wearing dentures. This can result in the dentures not fitting you the way they used to and may cause discomfort. Denture Reline includes adapting the inner surface of the dentures with some materials to fit the changing characteristics of the mouth and ensure you can again get the best feel and fit and for your dentures. Denture reline can be hard reline or soft reline, depending on the condition of the denture and the oral tissues. Chrome Dentures There is now an alternative to the traditional denture. Plastic dentures can be heavy and also cover a large area of the palate affecting speech and taste sensitivity. Chrome dentures can solve all these problems as they are much stronger and more stable. However, can be used only in specific conditions. Over Dentures Partial dentures can sometimes move as gums change shape. Securing the denture to an existing tooth can be the solution. A stud can be fixed to an adjacent tooth. The partial denture then ‘clicks’ onto this stud to secure it in place. Implant Supported Dentures A number of implants may be used to secure a lower denture. A hole is made in the jaw bone for each Implant. The Implant is placed and a healing cap fitted. The gum is replaced while the bone recovers. Access to the Implant is made and the second part of the Implant is attached. Tiny magnets in the denture then keep it securely in place.