A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Complete or full dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. For both types of denture your dentist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions. These models are used to custom-make your dentures.

A full denture is placed in the mouth about 6-8 weeks after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The drawback behind an immediate denture is that it may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place.

Different types of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures may be used when surrounding teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by teeth or tissue support and/or by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. You can take the partial denture out at night or for cleaning. Partial dentures can be made from a range of different materials such as; acrylic, light alloy metal/acrylic combination or the latest flexible acrylic like Valplast.

Light Alloy (or Cobalt Chrome) Dentures

Light Alloy metal dentures are an alternative to acrylic plastic dentures. They are smaller and usually not palate-covering, and allow more freedom to enjoy the flavours in food and to speak more normally, as they do not have the usual denture bulk that often impedes these functions.

Light Alloy metal dentures are strong and less likely to fracture, since they are not as fragile as their counterparts. They are made of medically-approved cobalt chrome alloy, or a hybrid of cobalt chrome alloy and nylon resin. We will ensure proper denture fit for comfort during wear. These dentures give patients comfortable teeth replacement with lasting results.

The advantages of light alloy dentures include:

  • They are less bulky
  • Better for oral hygiene
  • Light and strong
  • In some cases there is no need to cover the palate
  • They can feel more comfortable in the mouth

Valplast or Flexi-dentures

Flexible dentures are a newer product similar to the conventional acrylic dentures but with an important difference, they are flexible and can replace a small number of teeth and fill a gap without necessarily covering the palate. They are good for small to medium sized gaps and are easy to fit.

Your dentist will discuss with you the different options available to you and their suitability. A full treatment plan including costs will be put together for you prior to any treatment starting. At Ferndale we have interest free payment options available to help you spread the cost of your treatment.

For more information on dentures are our interest free credit payment options please contact one of our dental professionals.