Types of Denture

Full Denture
Full dentures are made when all your teeth are missing. Full dentures are mostly made form acrylic, but can be made from chrome.
Immediate Denture
Sometimes damaged or loose teeth need to be extracted. Immediate dentures are perfect in these cases as they enable the gums and surrounding tissue to heal properly. Immediate dentures are made from acrylic and can be easily modified during the healing process. Immediate dentures can be full dentures or partial dentures depending on how many teeth need extracting. Immediate dentures are usually worn about 3 months, but this can vary according to the individual case.

Flexite Dentures
A flexite denture adapts around the shape of the teeth and gums upon insertion and removal and can be used when it is difficult or impossible to insert an acrylic or chrome denture.
Acrylic Dentures
Acrylic dentures are very popular.

The advantages
A flexite partial denture is designed to fit the gum tissue perfectly. This means that there is no need for clasps. Patients can benefit from increased retention without having to wear uncomfortable metal clasps.

The material used blends in with the natural gum colour of your mouth.. Flexible partial dentures are an excellent solution for many patients, who find they cannot tolerate normal types of denture.

Flexible dentures adjust to the shape of the mouth, meaning they fit properly and prevent discomfort and pain associated with loosely fitting dentures. You won't have to worry about your dentures coming loose and you won't experience any pain or discomfort, and your speech will also remain clear.
How does it work?
As the name suggests it flexes into position and often requires no clasping mechanisms holding itself in place firmly. A flexite partial denture often provides a solution for those people who can't wear a normal denture because of irregularities in the shape of the mouth.
The advantages
Acrylic dentures are custom made to fit perfectly in your mouth and to create a natural looking, healthy smile. Acrylic dentures are less expensive than chrome dentures and may be a more attractive option for those patients who are unable to pay high premiums.
Who can benefit
The Dentist may recommend acrylic dentures for patients that are going to lose their existing teeth in the near future and will consequently require modifications to their existing dentures or a full set of dentures.

Patients who cannot afford more expensive types of partial dentures or those who are trying dentures for the first time may also wish to consider acrylic dentures.

Patients who require treatment before they can have chrome denture often wear an acrylic denture first. This usually occurs when the patient needs treatment to strengthen their natural teeth and gum tissue.

Chrome Dentures
Chrome dentures are made of a combination of chrome and gum coloured acrylic.
Denture Repairs
When we provide you with a denture it’s worth remembering that most new dentures will need a few small adjustments.

The advantages
Chrome dentures are custom made to fit perfectly in your mouth and to create a natural looking healthy smile.

The clasps which hold the dentures in place will improve support and will hold the dentures in place.

Chrome dentures are more durable than other types of denture, meaning they will withstand more wear and tear and last longer are less likely to break.
How can dentures become damaged?
The main way dentures are damaged is by dropping them when they are being removed or inserted. Dentures can also become weakened and break if they no longer fit the mouth properly, because of gum shrinkage and change of shape. Subjecting dentures to too much force over a long period of time through teeth grinding, for example, is another cause of damage.
Tips for preventing damage to your dentures
If your dentures no longer fit comfortably, visit your Dentist. The longer you wear them when they are not in the correct position, the more likely it is that they may break Clean thoroughly over a sink partly filled with water. Always take care when handling your dentures to prevent damage
Can they be repaired?
The Dentist can usually arrange to repair cracked or fractured dentures or repair chips in the artificial teeth or replace ones that have broken off. If your dentures are quite old and have broken several times, it may be necessary to have a new set made. Dentures that have had teeth added or fractured multiple times are generally not very comfortable to wear as they no longer fit that well.
How long does it take to repair damaged dentures?
Acrylic/Chrome dentures can usually be repaired within 48 hours. Flexite dentures cannot be repaired.
What should you do if your denture breaks?
If possible, keep all the broken pieces together. Don't use super glue or try and repair the denture yourself.
Denture Relining

What is Denture Relining?
Over time the shape of your gums and the bones that support the dentures can change, which means they may no longer fit properly. Relining is a method of adjusting the internal part of the base of the dentures with an acrylic resin to correct their fit.

The denture will need to be sent to the Dental Technician, so you will be without your denture for up to 2 days.
What are the advantages of denture relining?
Denture relining allows the fit of your dentures to be improved, without the need for replacing them with a new set. They will fit much more securely, so you won't have to worry about them falling out or moving when you speak and eat.

Relining also helps the dentures to last longer and improves your oral hygiene, as food is less likely to become trapped under your dentures, which can happen if they are too loose.