DENTURES – OVERVIEW

The crowns, bridges, veneers and implants shown in the other galleries are known as ‘fixed prosthodontics’ – the patient cannot remove them from the mouth.

Dentures are known as ‘removable prosthodontics’ – the patient can take them out. Some dentures are called ‘full dentures’- when the patient has no natural teeth remaining. Other dentures are called ‘partial dentures’ – when the patient has some natural teeth remaining.

Dentures are made from dental acrylic (Case 7), although some may have metal frameworks as well (case 8). In certain circumstances, dentures can be supported by implants. Read more in OPEN WIDE- Removable Dentures On Implants, Chapter 10, The Latest Technology. Many people (including some dentists) unfairly malign dentures, saying they are ‘second rate’- but they are not.

Making good quality dentures is a complex art, and they can have a strong influence on the smile and overall confidence of patients. Unlike individual crowns, bridges and veneers that are hand-made for each patient, teeth used on dentures are mass produced by manufacturing companies – and they can vary considerably in their appearance, quality and price.

Here’s a great tip for you – ensure your dentist (or denturist) uses only the best quality teeth for you. All you have to do is ask to see the difference (they can show you) – tell them that is what you want, and you will not accept anything else. If your dentist (or denturist) refuses this simple request, find one who won’t – they are out there.

Cases 1,2 &3 seen here are sets of ‘before & after’ Full Upper and/or Full Lower dentures.

Case 4 is a set showing a ‘before & after’ of a partial denture for the upper front teeth.

Cases 5 & 6 are images of patients whom you’d never guess had false teeth. That’s because I followed the important principles of dental aesthetics – ‘smile arch’, negative spaces, individual tooth shapes and characterisations, and teeth-to-lip relationship (the wet/dry line). Read more in OPEN WIDE- A beautiful Smile, Chapter 7, The Hollywood Smile.

Click on the following links to open images:

Case 1

Case 2

Case 3

Case 4

Case 5 – 6

Case 7 – 8