Full Dentures

Sometimes decay, gum disease or genetic defects mean that all teeth need to be extracted and full dentures constructed. For the upper jaw, the denture is held in by suction and the bone ridge. On the lower jaw there’s a much smaller bone ridge, with much less hold and suction as a result. During the inital adjustment period, you’ll need to learn how to hold the lower denture in place with your lips and your tongue. We recommend eating small pieces of food and practising talking until you get used to the denture.

Making full dentures involves taking a number of molds of the mouth and bite, producing ‘try-in’ versions if necessary, and finally constructing the final version for insertion. This takes between four to six weeks.  Once the dentures are in use, you may find there are some sore spots and you need to drop in and have the dentures adjusted slightly.

Please be aware that after the teeth are extracted, the bone starts shrinking away. After three or four months the rate of shrinkage decreases, and if dentures are provided immediately then they may need to be re-lined at this point. Sometimes so much bone is re-absorbed that a new denture has to be constructed.

Dentures are the cheapest tooth-replacement option, and have been satisfactory for millions of people. If you need facial support from the flanges, they may even be the best option. We recommend a re-line every two to five years and a new denture at around ten years.

If you’d prefer a more secure replacement, see implant overdentures, mini implants, or full fixed bridges.