Dentures have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. In the past the denture teeth have been made from elephant ivory, hippo teeth, and even extracted human teeth have been used! The denture framework has been made of different metals (including gold), and from natural materials like carved wood and vulcanite, a hard rubber.

Many of these dentures must have been extremely uncomfortable and just about unusable. Fortunately modern denture techniques and materials allow for wonderfully natural looking false teeth, which are functional and efficient.

Basically a denture is a removable appliance for replacing missing teeth and adjacent gum tissues. It is usually made of gum coloured acrylic resin into which the acrylic teeth are set. The base can also be made of various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents the remaining teeth from changing position. Complete dentures are either "conventional" or "immediate."

A conventional denture is placed in the mouth after all the teeth to be replaced have already been removed and all post extraction healing has occurred. An immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed.

We at Smilecare use the very latest materials and methods to ensure that we get the best fit and appearance for all our denture work. We use the highest quality acrylic teeth from various manufacturers and we can offer you a large choice of tooth types and shapes. This is to ensure that the eventual look of the denture and teeth suits your mouth and smile. The dental technicians who fabricate the dentures all have the latest laboratory equipment and can offer us systems like injection moulding for complete precision and accuracy.

Full or partial dentures available at a West Sussex Dentist
Smilecare Dental Centre, 45 Furnace Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6JD
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