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Using dentures to replace a tooth

By definition, dentures are removable. If they are well constructed they may be very secure and people can chew anything with them. Some patients may find their dentures are less stable. This will depend on the state of the gums and teeth that remain to support the denture. There are many advantages and for many this is a very successful solution. the dentures will take typically four to six visits over two to four weeks. Cost would be from £180 to £700 depending on size, quality and the type of denture.

Dentures are normally made from plastic or cobalt chrome.

Full acrylic dentures
Cobalt chromium denture to replace three teeth

The Advantages

Cheaper than other options, particularly if many teeth are involved.

Easy to make adjustments and additions to plastic dentures.

No destruction or damage to the adjacent teeth.

Treatment is reversible if you don’t like it we can always explore other options.

Other factors to consider

The denture will tend to trap food against the remaining natural teeth increasing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease.

Dentures tend to move around a little and things can get stuck under the fitting surface eg raspberry seeds can be painful.

Because the mouth changes shape throughout life, plastic dentures should be replaced every 5 to 7 years.

There may be changes to your speech as the denture will occupy part of your mouth, such as, the roof of your mouth or infront of the tongue.

Dentures do settle into the mouth at variable rates over different time frames. In spite of the best impressions, dentures settle randomly and unpredictably. As a result, it is usually necessary to adjust the partial dentures during the accommodation process to maintain comfort. Because the mouth changes shape throughout life, plastic dentures should be replaced every 5 to 7 years.

Learning to chew and speak may take a week or two, but times can vary. Eating and speaking will be a more pleasant experience once the accommodation process takes it's course.


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