Complete (full) dentures
If you have no teeth left and don’t want dental implants, then complete dentures are the option for you. Today’s dentures are far more natural-looking than those of the past – and there are several options available.
Your fully removable dentures will be custom-made for you by our in-house prosthetist, allowing you to eat, talk and socialise normally. Dentures will also improve the appearance of your face by preventing your skin and muscles collapsing in where your teeth once were.
We’ll also provide you with ongoing care, such as check-ups, advice, relines and repairs. If you have an emergency and break or lose your dentures, we’ll always be here to help you, too.
Partial dentures are for those with some remaining teeth, either upper or lower. They fit in between your existing teeth and can be removed or inserted at your convenience. A partial takes the place of your missing teeth, making eating or talking easier, and improving your overall appearance.
When some of your natural teeth are missing, often your existing teeth might move into the area where the neighbouring tooth once sat. (The original tooth is no longer there to maintain alignment) A partial denture can help maintain the position of your existing teeth by providing them with additional support.
Partial dentures can be made of chrome or acrylic. Acrylic is more cost-effective and can be easily relined or adapted (if you need more teeth added to it later). They can also be used as a temporary measure while waiting for chrome or implant supported dentures. Chrome dentures are stronger, longer lasting and more expensive. They are more comfortable for the wearer and have less chance of breakages.
Implant supported dentures
Implant supported dentures are different from partial or full dentures.
Unlike conventional dentures which sit on your gum line and are attached by clasps, these clip onto dental implants. Dental (tooth) implants are surgically placed into your jaw below the gum line. They make denture wearing far more stable, reliable and comfortable. With implant supported dentures, you’ll be able to bite and chew your food far more easily than with conventional dentures, allowing for greater nutrition and enjoyment of food.
Another huge benefit is that dental implants keep your jawbone strong and prevents the bone from resorbing (wasting away).
You can read more about dental implants here.
Immediate dentures are given to you ‘immediately’ after your teeth are removed. This is so you are not left stranded without any teeth over the next eight week period while your bones and gums are healing. Your dentist will measure your jaw before extraction to ensure the best possible fit.
Although they offer the advantages of having teeth during the healing period, your gums and bones may change shape during the healing period, so it may be necessary for them to be relined. Then, you will be given a conventional denture once your tissues have healed.
Common FAQs about dentures
How long do dentures last?
Dentures don’t last forever. You will need a new set every 4 to 6 years. During this time, you will need to come in to see the dentist every six months, to check the dentures, examine the health of your gums and check for oral cancer.
What is a denture reline?
A reline is where a professional adjust to denture to make it fit better.
Over time your mouth and gums change shape which will adversely affect the fit of your denture. Weight loss or gain or normal wear and tear can also affect the fit.
What are implant supported dentures?
Implant supported dentures are specifically made to attach onto dental implants (by attaching to the abutment). They have the advantage of clipping onto the implant, which is far more secure than conventional full or partial dentures that have annoying clasps which may be uncomfortable and cause damage to neighbouring teeth.
I have broken my denture. What should I do?
Contact the clinic immediately. Our dental prosthetist will assess the damage and either repair them or organise a temporary set while a new set is made for you.