Because dentures are used when a person is missing most or all of their natural teeth, it’s important that you have a reliable solution that looks natural and offers outstanding performance.


Dentures are dental appliances that can be removed and are designed to replace missing teeth, restoring the appearance and function of your smile. There are two main types of dentures: complete dentures, which are used when all teeth are missing, and partial dentures, which are used when some natural teeth remain.

Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional dentures are made after the remaining teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, which can take several months. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are prepared in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed, allowing the wearer to avoid being without teeth during the healing period. However, they may require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process.

Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Dentures not only improve the appearance of a smile but also help with chewing and speaking. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth.

It’s important for denture wearers to practice good oral hygiene, care for their dentures properly, and visit their dentist regularly to ensure the best fit and condition of their appliances.

A set of full dentures and a set of partial dentures laying on a white background
  • How do I clean dentures?

    Traditional removable dentures require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains and looking great. Below are some cleaning steps and things to avoid when using traditional removable dentures:

    • Remove and rinse dentures after eating by running water over them to remove food debris and loose particles.
    • Handle them carefully and don’t bend or damage the plastic or clasps when cleaning.
    • Clean your mouth after removing dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
    • Brush your dentures once a day and soak them in a nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits.
    • Soak dentures overnight in a mild denture-soaking solution to keep them moist and so they hold their shape.
    • Schedule regular dental checkups so your dentists can ensure proper fit, prevent slippage and discomfort and check the inside of your mouth to ensure it stays healthy.
    • Likewise, avoid abrasive cleaning materials, whitening toothpaste, and products containing bleach on your dentures, and hot or boiling water that could warp them.
  • What are the different types of dentures?

    There are two types of dentures available. Traditional dentures that can be easily removed and cleaned on a daily basis and those that are “fixed”, also known as fixed dentures. Fixed dentures are permanently secured using dental implants. Once installed, they cannot be removed unless oral surgery is provided. With the proper care, fixed dentures will last a lifetime and feel almost indistinguishable from natural teeth.

    Traditional dentures are non-surgical denture options. These dentures grip around the dental arch and remaining jawbone and rely on suction to remain securely in place. They are removable for easy cleaning and the patient does not have a recovery period before they can use them.

  • What is the best denture adhesive or denture glue?

    The Oral Health Foundation developed guidelines to guide dental health care professionals and patients on the use of denture adhesive creams. These guidelines are listed below:

    • Patient satisfaction has become a decisive factor for the overall success of prosthodontic treatment in full-denture wearers.
    • Denture adhesives can enhance the retention of, and reduce food accumulation beneath, well-fitting complete dentures.
    • Denture adhesives can be beneficial to the patient. They may enhance comfort, provide psychological satisfaction, increase confidence and thus wellbeing, while increasing retention and stability, and improving function.
    • The effectiveness of denture adhesives cannot compensate for significant denture deficiencies.
    • Dental professionals should provide guidance and instructions to the patient on the correct application and use of the adhesive, and on removing it and cleaning the denture.
    • The optimum time to advise on the use of an adhesive varies between patients. For well-fitting dentures it might occur at a review appointment, or for patients finding problems with compliance at the time of fitting or soon after.
  • How often do dentures need to be replaced?

    Dentures may need to be replaced or relined every 5 to 7 years due to normal wear and changes in your mouth’s shape as you age. Regular dentist visits are essential to adjust and examine the fit of your dentures and to check for any oral health issues.

  • Can I eat normally with dentures?

    Yes, but it takes time to get used to eating with dentures. Start with soft, easy-to-chew foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth to keep the dentures in place. Gradually, as you become more accustomed to your dentures, you can return to your normal diet, with certain sticky or hard foods possibly remaining challenging to eat.

  • Do dentures affect speech?

    Initially, you might notice some difficulty with speaking or experience clicking sounds, but these issues usually improve as you become accustomed to wearing your dentures. Practicing reading aloud or repeating difficult words can help.

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