Dentures are removablefalse teeth made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal. Theyfitsnugly over the gums to replacemissing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps.

Gaps left by missing teeth can causeproblems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gapmay grow into the space at an angle. Sometimes, all the teeth need to be removed and replaced.

You may therefore need either:

  • complete dentures (a full set) which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or
  • partial dentures which replace just one tooth or a few missing teeth

Dentures can help to prevent problems with eating and speech and, if you needcomplete dentures, they can also improvethe appearance of your smile and give you confidence.

This page provides information for anyone who's considering dentures and advice for those who already wear them. It explains:

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 16 Jan 2017