Dentures are used to replace lost or missing teeth and are either full dentures, which replace all of the original teeth, or partial, which are used as an alternative to a bridge to fill gaps in your teeth.

There are a range of alternatives to removabale dentures which are fitted to a set of dental implants. These implants hold a special denture firmly in place or are used to attach a permanent, hand crafted set of porcelain teeth which look, feel and act just like real teeth.
A full denture is a removable acrylic base, or plate, which sits over the gums and onto which are crafted a set of acrylic teeth which will be made to look as natural as possible. A partial denture is attached to the teeth either side of the gap.

When fitting a denture, your dentist will take an impression and precise measurements of the mouth over a number of visits. These will be given to a dental technician, who will build bespoke dentures to the correct size and shape.

A trial denture is made, fitted by your dentist, and small adjustments made to ensure you are happy and can bite comfortably. This is then sent back to the technician, where the teeth are permanently fixed, and returned to your dentist for collection.

Alternatives using dental implants must be fitted by a dentist who is trained in this technique. If you are interested to find out more about this procedure, ask your dentist.

Dentures fall within an area of dentistry known as Prosthodontics.


  • Q: What is a Prosthodontist?
    A: A Prosthodontist is a dentist who has specialised in the replacement of missing teeth and the rebuilding of natural teeth. In order to be registered as a dental specialist, three additional years of full-time study, or equivalent part-time study, are required along with additional examinations and qualifications.

  • Q: Why should I replace missing teeth?
    A: Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth either 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.

  • Q: What is a partial denture?
    A: This is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may have clips (clasps), to help keep the denture in place in the mouth.

  • Q: How do I look after my denture?
    A: The general rule is brush, soak, brush. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any food debris. The use of an effervescent denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which comes into contact with your gums.

  • Q: Should I take my denture out at night?
    A: Dentists recommend removing your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. If you remove your dentures, it is important to leave them in water to prevent any warping or cracking.

  • Q: Can my dentures come loose when eating?
    A: Yes. In some cases implants can be used to securely fix dentures in place.