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Getting dentures

We can all lose our natural teeth for all sorts of reasons like injury, decay, or oral health problems.

Whatever the reason, the prospect of getting dentures can be daunting, but we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Dentures are just an artificial replacement for natural teeth, made of acrylic (plastic) for a full denture or acrylic and metals (like stainless steel) for a partial denture and are custom designed to fit your mouth and look just like your real teeth.

Types of dentures

Dentures come in two main types and we’ve described the differences below. Your dentist will explain which option will best fit with your lifestyle.

Full dentures, upper and lower dentures

These are recommended when all natural teeth either in your upper or lower arch (or both) need replacing.

Partial dentures

These are recommended when some (just one or more) natural teeth need replacing. They also help maintain the alignment of your remaining teeth and keep them from shifting.

Your guide to getting dentures

Being told you need a denture may be a little bit scary, but it can really change your life for the better. You may be able to eat the foods that you avoided. And they can even make you look like you again by filling out your face as natural teeth do.

If your dentist has suggested that dentures are the best option for you, you’re going to want to know what happens next. Here’s a quick glance at what you might expect.

Step 1

Tooth extraction and healing

Your dentist will need to evaluate your current dental condition to assess and decide the best next steps. If you have remaining teeth, your dentist will advise you on the next steps and extractions. The time it'll take for your gums to heal can vary; it really depends on how many teeth you're having removed.

Step 2

Immediate or same day dentures

Your dentist may suggest making you immediate dentures. Once your teeth are extracted, your gums may be sensitive as they heal. Immediate or same day dentures can be worn as this healing takes place without causing you any more discomfort.


Step 3

Taking an impression of your mouth

Your dentist will take a preliminary impression of your mouth to build your new dentures. On subsequent visits, more impressions with finer details will be made.

Step 4

Time to choose your new teeth

You’ll want your new dentures to look just like your natural teeth, but some will suit you better than others. Your dentist can help you decide which tooth shapes, sizes and colours fit your mouth and look right for you.

If there’s anything you didn’t like about your natural teeth you may be able to improve them by telling your dentist at this stage. Having a family member or friend to help you decide can be really useful. Once you and your dentist are happy with the look of the teeth, your new dentures can be completed.

Step 5

The initial fitting

This is when your new dentures will first be tried in your mouth, and you’ll wear them until your next visit. Your dentist will make any adjustments to ensure they fit well and comfortably. You may need additional appointments so that any sore areas can be adjusted.

Step 6

Regular dental check ups 

Once dentures are part of your everyday life, it’s important to regularly visit your dentist. This will make sure your oral health is in the best possible shape and that you’re getting the most from your dentures.

Busting myths about dentures

There are a lot of myths and stories about living with dentures. So here’s some answers to the big questions.



You won’t be able to eat or speak like you used to.


This is naturally one of the big concerns for new denture wearers and will affect people in different ways. Try not to worry if pronouncing certain words or eating certain foods is tricky at first, it just takes a bit of practice.



Dentures are made from a standard mould. 


Dentures are custom made using an impression of the jaw and mouth, so every set is made specifically for you.

MYTH 3:   

Once you've got your dentures they'll last forever.


Dentures are pretty tough, but they're not indestructable and they are softer than natural teeth. Not looking after them can effect how they fit and how good they look.

A proper denture care routine will help keep them looking at their best. Poligrip® 3 Minute Daily Cleanser for Dentures can reduce plaque build up* and help maintain a bright smile.

*When used as directed





Dentures will change the way you look.


Dentures that fit properly shouldn’t change the shape of your face, but they should give you a reason to smile from cheek to cheek.

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