A denture is an appliance that replaces missing teeth. You remove it to clean it. It may replace all the teeth (full denture) or some of them (partial denture). A denture is removed for home cleaning at least once a day.
A full denture and a plastic partial rest on the skin-of-the-mouth instead of teeth with their powerful suspension system. Therefore, these types of denture can only bear up to 10% of the 'chewing' power that the jaws can provide. They are a 'poor' alternative to natural teeth.
However there is a cast metal style of partial denture which rests on natural teeth, rather than just the skin over the gums and these are far more comfortable, less damaging to the teeth and more useful than the plastic partial. Keeping only a few teeth is often a recommended option to allow for this modality.
What is the process? How do I get my denture?
As a denture relies on existing tissues, before any denture treatment is undertaken, it is recommended that you have a thorough dental check-up.
If you are having full dentures, it will involve an examination of the mouth and an assessment of the health of the gums. If you are having a partial denture, this check-up will include a full examination of your teeth, gums and other soft tissues of your mouth. At this check-up radiographs may be taken to ensure the teeth are healthy, and strong enough to help support a denture.
You then have impressions, bite records, trial wax insertions and then the final insertion and instructions.