Kenilworth Dental Practice

Customised Dentures

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Dentures are removable appliances constructed to replace lost teeth. They can be partial, i.e. replace a few missing teeth or full, i.e. replacing all the teeth.

Dentures are made from acrylic (plastic) or metal alloy (usually cobalt chrome). There are many acrylic systems on the market plus different ranges of teeth, so we can make a denture based on your budget as well as your requirements.

Dentures do not last forever. Once teeth have been removed the bone re-contours as part of the healing process, this natural process is lifelong although it slows down after the initial healing period. As the bone and soft tissue changes shape the dentures can become loose or sore spots develop.

If you wear partial dentures it is critical that you keep your natural teeth as clean as possible, as partial dentures can trap food and plaque against the teeth.

Dentures can be difficult to wear and will always take time to get used to, they will never feel like your own teeth. It is normal to require slight adjustments within the first month after fitting.

What will we do?

  • At your first appointment your dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth / jaw. These are sent to the laboratory where the technician constructs impression trays that fit your mouth and wax blocks made from the models made from your first impression
  • At your second appointment your dentist will take a second set of impressions in your individual trays, these provide very accurate models for the technician to construct your dentures. Your dentist will also use the wax blocks to record how your teeth should bite together. Your dentist will also choose a shade for the teeth on your denture.
  • At appointment three, the technician will have provided trial denture(s) for your dentist to try-in. Any adjustments required will be made, and you will be able to check how the denture(s) look. Once you and your dentist are happy with the trial denture(s) they will be returned to the laboratory for the technician to reproduce in acrylic
  • At your last appointment, your dentist will fit your denture(s). Expect some adjustments to be required it is very rare for dentures to fit perfectly first time.

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