When multiple teeth are missing, dentures may be the most appropriate option to restore the space and return function to the area. The colour and shape of the replacement teeth and area of gums can be matched to your existing teeth and gums. There are two main types of materials used for constructing denture either plastic or a combination of metal and plastic. To hold them in place, a metal skeleton or plate can be used. Metal dentures gain their support and stability from the teeth around them and are excellent for their rigidity compared to plastic dentures. A pre-requisite of these dentures however is healthy gums supporting the teeth that still remain in your mouth.
The process involves making moulds of your mouth, assessing how you bite together using wax, trying the metal frame in with teeth in desired position and finally using that frame to hold the teeth in plastic. Our practice in Leicester offers a variety of designs of metal dentures both on an NHS and private basis where clinically appropriate. In comparison to metal dentures plastic dentures gain their support from the gums and bone where teeth were originally missing. The process involves making moulds of your mouth, assessing how you bite together using wax, trying the teeth in wax in the desired position and finally processing the set up into plastic. We offer plastic dentures both on an NHS and private basis where clinically appropriate with many colours shades and shapes available.
Copying Existing Dentures
Current dentures a bit worn down but you still like the way they feel? Or want a spare set? Copy dentures involve using your current dentures to make a mould and recreate the same shape and form. Usually one or two things can be changed about them such as making them fit more snuggly or the shape/height of the teeth. They follow most of the same stages as making new dentures such as seeing how you bite together and trying them in wax before finalising them in plastic. Copy dentures can be done on an NHS or private basis where clinically appropriate (i.e. when there’s not too much that needs changing).