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Dentures, also known as false teeth, are dental prosthetic devices made to replace missing teeth.  They fit snugly over the gums, supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissue of the oral cavity, thus eliminating potential problems caused by gaps. Dentures can be made of acrylic or metal.

Conventional dentures are removable, but there are many different denture designs.  Some rely on bonding or clamping onto teeth, or dental implants.

Dentures are used to correct problems with eating, speech and appearance which can be caused by missing teeth.  If many teeth are missing, or more teeth need to be removed and replaced, then a full set of dentures replacing all the upper or lower teeth, known as complete dentures, may be necessary.  If the complete denture replaces upper teeth it is known as a maxillary denture.  If it replaces lower teeth it is known as a mandibular denture.  Complete dentures improve the appearance of the patient’s smile, fill out their face and give them more confidence.

Alternatively, partial dentures can be put in place, which replace just one or a few missing teeth.

In order for a dental laboratory to manufacture specific dentures, measurements and impressions of the patient’s mouth must first be made.  A trial denture will be created from these impressions, which will then be tested by the patient to see if it is a comfortable fit.  The colour and shape may be adjusted before the final denture is produced.