Replacing missing teeth with modern dentures
At Larne Dental Centre, we can offer you a choice of different tooth replacement options, depending on your priorities, your budget and the demands of your own individual case. Often, we may be able to use root canal work and crowns to avoid the need to avoid the need for extraction in the first place – but in cases where this is inevitable, or tooth loss has already taken place, we can often fit a dental bridge or a partial denture.
Modern dentures that perform well and look good
Many people have full or partial dentures, otherwise known as removable false teeth. Their popularity is down to the fact that acrylic dentures and metal dentures are the least expensive way to fill a gap where teeth have been lost.
Dentures are an affordable solution to tooth loss and can be offered on the NHS. A set of dentures requires at least five visits to the dentist starting with taking a mould of the mouth, which is used to make plaster casts, from which a technician designs the dentures. We then check the fit is correct, and once fitted further adjustments are often necessary to refine the shape and make the dentures feel natural in your mouth.
Partial dentures can be used when one or more teeth are missing. They’re set in an arch and can be anchored to natural teeth with metal clasps, although it may be necessary to modify the shape of the natural teeth to ensure the denture fits comfortably. The base plate of removable dentures is made from acrylic or metal, usually silver coloured chrome-cobalt, or a combination of the two. The advantage of using metal is the base may be smaller, covering less of the soft tissue, and therefore more comfortable to wear and eat with.
As well as improving appearance and chewing, a partial denture may also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position in the mouth, which can lead to further tooth loss.