Where all your teeth have been lost, the provision of plastic upper and lower dentures is the norm, and we are happy to provide this service. Even when all due care is taken, many patients experience problems with stability and retention, particularly with the lower denture, which does not generate suction like the upper denture often can, and it also has to cope with the movement of the tongue during speech and when chewing. Many people simply adapt to these shortcomings, but they can be greatly reduced by the provision of dental implants.
Where some of your teeth remain, the spaces can be filled with a partial denture. This is the most inexpensive way of coping with the problem. However they suffer to a greater or lesser extent from the same drawbacks as full dentures. In addition, a partial denture will rub around the necks of the remaining teeth compromising healthy gums. Food packing between teeth and dentures can also be an issue. The cheapest partial dentures are made of plastic. Lessening of the problems can however be achieved with the greater accuracy in fabrication provided by a metal casting to provide the framework. Avoiding the problems of partial dentures can be achieved by looking at the ‘fixed’ solutions provided by bridgework or implants.