Dentures — Complete, Partial, and Flexible
If you are missing teeth, one replacement option is dentures. The dentures we offer fall into three categories: complete, partial, and flexible.
Complete dentures are a solution to replace all of your teeth. They are further divided into two subcategories — conventional and immediate.
We make conventional dentures only once you have had all your teeth removed. This gives your gums the chance to heal, ensuring a perfect fit. We fit conventional dentures around eight to 12 weeks after your teeth extraction.
On the other hand, we make immediate dentures in advance, meaning there is no need to have any time without teeth. However, these dentures need more adjustments to fit well, as gums and bone shrink during the recovery period. For this reason, we usually recommend immediate dentures as a temporary solution.
If you are only replacing some of your teeth, partial dentures are an option. These can be removable, in which case they sit on a plastic gum-coloured base. Alternatively, partial dentures can be held in place with a bridge or crowns.
A final option is flexible dentures. This is a possibility if you are unable to receive fixed dentures and find the hard base of removable dentures uncomfortable. Featuring a soft base of clear material, flexible dentures hold to your gums without the need for an adhesive or metal clasps.
Flexible dentures also have the additional advantages of being shatterproof, meaning there is no risk of breakage if you drop them, and they take less time to make in the lab than regular dentures. However, to keep your gums healthy, you will need to take extra precautions to keep these dentures free from bacteria, by brushing them thoroughly with toothpaste and rinsing them with mouthwash.