Tooth loss has a lot of potentially painful consequences. The neighbouring teeth could shift out of position, leading to chewing problems, tooth decay, gum disease or a misaligned bite. If you have lost teeth or require extractions, Heybridge Dental Practice can help by providing a quality set of full or partial dentures. Why not contact us today to see how we can help.


What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth used to replace missing teeth. They are removable appliances that can and should be taken out at night

Partial dentures: This removable appliance restores one or more missing teeth. When fitted properly, they help your remaining teeth retain their natural position, which preserves your bite and improves your appearance. Complete dentures: If you are missing all the teeth on one or both arches, we will have a set of natural-looking and attractive dentures custom-made for you. They will eliminate bite problems, maintain the structure of your face, and restore the ability to speak and chew normally.

What types of dentures are available?
  • Acrylic/plastic dentures, suitable for both partial or complete dentures.
  • Valplast dentures – these are suitable only for partial dentures. They are lightweight, flexible dentures that are practically invisible because there are no metal clasps or hooks. They are extremely comfortable to wear.
  • Chrome dentures – these are acrylic dentures on a metal base/framework, suitable as partial dentures. They are exceptionally strong and are thin and comfortable. Their designs help them keep the roof of your mouth free of any material, allowing you to taste your food. Chrome dentures also have hooks and clasps which hold onto your natural teeth making them very retentive and stable in the mouth.

How long does it take to make a denture?
Dentures can take up to 6 weeks to make as they usually involve 3-5 appointments.

Are dentures comfortable?
Dentures are removable appliances and therefore will never feel like your natural teeth. Whilst most people with dentures get used to them, it is important to realize that your dentures may restrict you from eating certain very hard or chewy foods. However, dentures should not cause any pain of discomfort in your mouth.

Will the dentures move around when I eat?
Dentures are made to be as retentive and stable as possible. However, a lot of this depends on the condition of your mouth, bone, and gums. The more natural teeth you have remaining, the better the denture will stay in.

How to take care of your dentures?
The different denture materials require different cleaning regimes, which your dentist will advise you on. However, regardless of the typer of denture you have, it is important that you remove your denture when brushing your teeth and when you go to sleep.

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