Dental Health Care
73 Ware Road
Hertford SG13 7ED
Having a denture will not only improve your appearance, but will enable you to still eat efficiently. It can take some time and practice to get used to wearing dentures, this is because every person’s mouth has a different structure, which can affect the retention and stability of the denture. A dentist will be able to tell you if a full denture is the way forward for you or whether a different option would be more suitable.
When you have missing teeth it is important they are replaced, not just for appearance, but the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth on each side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease. A partial denture is a plate with one or more false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have retaining clips (clasps), to help keep the denture in place.
Visit 1 - at this visit the dentist will take impressions of your mouth and send them a dental laboratory for working models to be made, which are used to construct your denture, and also some special customised impression trays will be made to obtain a more accurate and detailed impression.
Visit 2 - the dentist will take a new set of impressions using the special trays made for you, and also take a ‘wax bite’ of your teeth, this is to obtain the way in which you bite together to ensure your denture accommodates this. A shade will be taken to either match your existing teeth or if you are having a full denture a shade will be discussed with you, depending on what your prefer. It is then sent to the laboratory where your denture will be made up in wax.
Visit 3 - at this visit the wax denture will be tried into your mouth for you to see how it fits, if it is comfortable and how it looks, this gives us the opportunity to make changes before going to the final construction stage of your denture. The denture will then be sent back to the lab and your denture will be made.
Visit 4 - this is the final appointment where your denture will be fitted, sometimes adjustments may need to be made in certain areas, which your dentist will do for you. Follow up appointments will then be booked as appropriate.