Dentures are made to rest directly on the gum and are supported by the ridge of bone that originally held your natural teeth. They have an acrylic gum coloured base shaped to look like real gums and which holds lifelike teeth.
There are two different types of dentures as they can be partial or complete. A partial denture only replaces a few teeth, and the acrylic base is often strengthened with a lightweight metal substructure. The denture may also have clasps that fit around your natural teeth to help hold it more securely in place. A complete or full denture replaces an entire arch of teeth. A full lower denture is constructed in a horseshoe shape, covering the bony ridge that originally held your natural teeth. A full upper denture covers the bony ridge and the upper palate for better retention.
Your new denture is custom-designed just for you, so you can rest assured it will look natural. Our dentists here at Jetty Road Dental Clinic design each denture carefully, ensuring the denture base and teeth provide the proper support for your facial features and the muscles in your cheeks and lips.
There is a huge range of different denture teeth to choose from, including many different shapes, sizes and shades. When fabricating a partial denture, we can select denture teeth that blend in with your natural teeth. If you require a full denture, we can help you select teeth that complement your facial features, gender and skin tone and which are the right size and shape and shade. We can arrange the denture teeth so they are perfectly aligned, or we can replicate the alignment of your natural teeth.
Your denture should feel comfortable to wear, although it may require some minor adjustments initially to get it to fit snugly over your gums. We design each denture for comfort and functionality, and of course, appearance. When you visit us for your regular dental exams, we can check your denture to make sure it still fits comfortably and is functioning correctly. If you do struggle wearing dentures, another option is to consider implant dentures, where several optimally placed dental implants hold a denture firmly in your mouth.