Dentures are removable false teeth that can replace missing teeth. You might believe that only elderly people wear them, but this isn’t true at all.
Dentures (or partial plates) are actually more common that you realise. And these days, they’re so well made that they’re completely comfortable and natural looking. No one will even notice you have them.
They are usually made of acrylic, and are designed to match your real teeth. The base of a denture is called a plate, which is usually made of either acrylic resin or metal.
There are two main types:
- complete: a full set of dentures for both top and bottom jaw, due to the absence of any natural tooth structure
- partial : for patients who still have some teeth but need others replaced (and teeth can be added to the partial denture as needed).
As they are removeable, you can take them out (e.g. when you sleep) and put back into your mouth.
They also come in various designs, including conventional, removable and that clasp onto your teeth. Some are also permanent implants.
Your dentist will do a thorough examination and advise you on the best type of dentures for your situation.