Dentures, or “false teeth”, are removable replacements for your missing teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues They can be a full or complete denture, or partial denture where some of the false teeth are fitted around the natural teeth.
If you are missing some of your natural teeth you may have the option of either having:
There are different types of denture depending on the material that the base is made from. The best of these is undoubtedly a cobalt chrome base. This can be made smaller and often does not cover the roof of your mouth. It relies on adjacent teeth to keep it in place. It is very close fitting and has to be made more precisely than other types. It can only be used where the other teeth and gums are quite healthy.
If you are not suitable for a chrome cobalt denture, or want a slightly cheaper alternative, then dentures are made from acrylic. These tend to be a bit bulkier than chrome cobalt, usually cover the roof of your mouth and are slightly more inclined to fracture. However, if made well there is no reason why they should not last many years.
Sometimes it is possible to make small flexible dentures (Valplast) which grip adjacent teeth. These can only be used in certain situations.
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