We can lose our natural teeth for a wide variety of reasons. It could be through injury, it could be through decay or it could be through a number of different oral health problems.

If you’ve faced tooth loss, your dental professional will probably have talked to you about dentures, an artificial replacement for natural teeth made of acrylic and resin, special plastics and sometimes lightweight metal which are designed to look just like the real thing. They are not fixed into the mouth and are removable.

If you and your dentist agree that dentures are the best solution, your dentist will first take impression(s) and from this create a model of your jaw. From this model your dentist can begin the denture-making process.

Types of Dentures

There are three main types and we’ve described the main differences below, so that when you’re talking to your dentist you’ve got a clearer picture. As your dentist knows your needs, they will let you know which ones are right for you, but here’s a quick overview.

Full Dentures (upper and lower)

A full set is used when all natural teeth need replacing. Upper dentures replace the top row of teeth and lower dentures replace the lower row of teeth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when just one or more of your teeth need replacing. They also help maintain the alignment of your remaining teeth and keep them from shifting.