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People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal.

A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper and/or lower jaws.
A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by some lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’.

If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak. The teeth that are left are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly. Dentures can be fitted immediately after teeth have been taken out so that nobody will know that you have had a tooth out. These are called ‘immediate’ dentures.

Dentures will never feel like your own teeth and it can take time to get used to them. If you haven’t had a denture before, the dentist will want to explain the difficulties of wearing dentures, as well as the benefits and how you should look after your new dentures and the teeth you have left. Dentures are removed at night-time.

Keeping a Denture Clean:

Just like natural teeth dentures and bridges collect bits of food, plaque and tartar. By keeping them clean, you can stop decay in any remaining natural teeth and help prevent against gum disease. Cleaning of the denture us also important to ensure that they are comfortable to wear and dirty dentures can make your mouth swollen and sore. People who wear dentures sometimes get an infection called oral thrush and it is more likely to occur if dentures are worn all the time.


  • Clean the denture over the basin of water so that it does not break if you drop it.
  • Brush the denture inside and out every day. Use a soft to medium brush so that you do not scratch the denture. Use your normal toothpaste or soap or water and then rinse the denture.
  • Ideally dentures should be left out of the mouth for at lease four to six hours, preferably eight hours in every 24 hours. However, if you find this impractical, you should still make sure you clean your dentures by brushing with toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Keep a denture dry or in a denture-soaking solution when you are not wearing it. These solutions are mild disinfectants available at your local chemist