Metal dentures

What are dentures?

Dentures are most commonly called “false teeth” and are used to replace missing natural teeth. Dentures sit on top of the gums, and if there are any remaining teeth, they may be secured on using clasps. In the event of no teeth remaining, dental implants may be used for stability.

Dentures can either be partial or complete, to suit most patients needs. After teeth have been lost, it is very important to have a replacement, in terms of aesthetically and medically. When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth are very likely to shift into the empty spaces which can cause further complications. Dentures can be a suitable treatment to ensure that this does not happen. They will also allow you to chew food and speak normally again.

Metal base dentures

There are two types of metal dentures: Standard and Modified. Standard metal dentures do have metal in direct contact with a portion of the gum, but the metal used are non-allergic.
The modified metal denture is very similar apart from one difference – it does not have any metal in direct contact with the gum. A plastic liner is used between the metal structure of the denture and the gum. Both hard and soft plastic can be used. Soft is the preferred liner, but does need to be relined every year.

Why would I need metal dentures?

Some cases will require the denture to be narrow. If they are made out of plastic, they tend to be very weak and can easily break. Metal dentures offer the required strength in such cases.

Lower jaws can be very problematic when they lose teeth. Using a metal denture can add stability to the jaw and will also be more comfortable for the patient.

Benefits of metal dentures

  • Comfortable
  • Hygenic
  • Offer stability and grips better
  • Easily tighten clasps
  • Durable
  • Precise fit

Disadvantages of metal dentures

  • More expensive than other materials
  • Adjustments are difficult in the future
  • Metal and gum contact can sometime be uncomfortable (but a relining can sort this)



If you don’t have many missing teeth, or if your missing teeth are all on one side of your mouth, your Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic dentist may recommend a bridge. A bridge will literally bridge the gap left by missing teeth.


Dental implants

If you would like a fixed solution for one or more missing teeth, our Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic dentists can help restore both your smile and your quality of life with dental implants.

Related FAQs



Will dentures affect my speech?

For many people there is a period of adjustment when you first get your dentures fitted, in which speaking may be more difficult than before. But this is normally a case of getting used to the feel of them, and you’ll soon be back to speaking normally with a little practise. Your Portman dentist will be able to help you with this.



Why do dentures have to come out at night?

This may not be compulsory but it is highly recommended. If you soak them overnight in an approved denture cleaner, they will be clean and fresh the next day.



Do dentures make eating difficult?

Eating may be difficult at first. Eating with dentures is slightly different to eating with natural teeth as they are not rooted as deep in your mouth. You will be used to a biting and tearing method but this will need to be adapted to focus more on biting. It can take some getting used to.

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