What is a denture?

There are different ways to replace teeth. There are three main ways to replace teeth: dentures, bridges or implants. Replacing missing teeth can help to improve your appearance and help you to eat and smile with confidence. A denture is a removable plate with one or more false teeth attached to it. Unlike fixed options such as a bridge or implant, a  denture needs to be taken out of the mouth to be cleaned at least once per day and left out of the mouth overnight.

Dentures may be made of metal or plastic depending upon which material is most appropriate for the number of spaces to be filled. Both metal and plastic dentures have metal clasps to hold them in place firmly. These clasps may sometimes be seen when you smile. Whether the dentures are plastic or metal, they have natural looking teeth and plastic gum attached to them to blend in harmoniously with your smile.

Why would I choose to have a bridge?

A denture is sometimes an appropriate option where several teeth need replacing. A denture may be appropriate where teeth are not healthy enough to support a fixed option such as a bridge or where there is not enough depth of jaw bone to support an implant.

If you have decided to have a bridge to fill a gap after tooth removal, your dentist may recommend using a denture while you wait for the gum to heal – a bridge isn’t usually placed until the gum has healed fully which can take as much as 3 – 6 months. A denture can provide a good appearance and restore your confidence in your smile.

How long do I need to wait for a denture after tooth removal?

If you have had a tooth removed, a denture can be fitted immediately after the extraction.

How long does the procedure take?

The preparation of a denture can take between two and five appointments depending on the number of missing teeth and the material used to make the denture. The appointments are used to take mouths, measure your mouth, check the appearance, fit the denture and to make sure that it is fitted to your mouth perfectly. Dentures are a bespoke plate made to fit your individual smile.

What are the alternative options?

In some cases, a bridge or dental implants may be the most appropriate option where there are only a few missing teeth or where you wish to have an option that is fixed into the mouth and does not need to be removed at night.

How much do dentures cost?

The cost for dentures may depend on the material used to make them. For further information on the cost of dentures, please refer to our price list.