Adenture is the removable replacement option for your missing teeth. It is custom-made by a dental technician from the impressions taken of your mouth. Your dentist will need to check or treat the gum and remaining teeth to ensure they are ready for your denture.
There are several options available for the base of a partial or full denture:
- Acrylic – The acrylic denture has a flesh-coloured plastic base and it fits over the gum. It is usually built reasonably thick and is shaped to accommodate the gum and tongue. For partial dentures, clasps may be added on or clips for fitting around your remaining teeth.
- Valplast – Valplast denture have an unbreakable and flexible nylon base. It is usually made for partial dentures so it is much more comfortable than acrylic dentures when fitting over the gum.
- Metal – Cast metal dentures or metal frameworks are castings from chrome which are rigid and thin. It has a different fitting system from acrylic dentures; the metal plate is cast to fit and attached to the teeth so it reduces the force resting over the gum and the appearance is less bulky.
Your dentist and dental technician can help you to determine a suitable denture for your needs.
The process of making a suitable denture for a patient requires the cooperation among the patient, dentist and dental technician. Your dentist or dental technician will assist you with impression, choosing the colour and shape of your teeth, assessing the bite and adjusting the denture base to ensure your teeth are functional.
A denture could provide a natural look but can never feel exactly the same as having your own natural teeth. It takes a while for patients to get used to wearing a denture in terms of speaking and eating. Your dentist and dental technician can provide you the necessary denture adjustment and techniques of using your denture. However, to ensure proper chewing and prevent jaw problems, your denture will still need to be cleaned, relined, rebased or remade when necessary.