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Dentures: a guide to types of false teeth & their costs

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

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False teeth – The key things you should know

The following are the key pieces of information you should know about dentures.

  • A denture is an artificial replacement for 1 or more missing teeth.
  • It is an important solution that can aid confidence, health & quality of life of the wearer.
  • Acrylic resin, metal, porcelain and ceramics are common materials used in the construction of dentures. The manufacturing process and material used will depend on the type of denture being created.
  • 2 main types of dentures exist.
    • Both are designed to be removable.
    • Complete dentures are an option when all of the teeth are missing.
    • Partial dentures are designed to be used when you still have some natural teeth present.
  • Good fitting complete dentures will remain in place based on suction to the gums.
  • Implant retained dentures overcome some of the problems associated with traditional complete dentures. Implants placed into the jawbone are used to allow the denture to make a physical connection, rather than relying on suction. Implant retained dentures are still removable in most cases.
  • Denture costs.
    • Prices vary significantly depending on the type of denture and materials used.
    • Dentures provided by the NHS fall under Band 3 treatment (£306.80 in England)
    • Partial dentures from a private dental practice start from around £200.
    • Complete dentures from a private dentist typically cost around £1000.
    • Implant supported dentures can range from £4-14,000.
  • On average it takes 1-2 months and 4 or 5 dental appointments to receive a denture.
  • Diet & lifestyle can remain on the whole the same as it would with natural teeth..
  • It is advised to usually remove dentures, particularly complete dentures overnight.
  • Dentures require regular cleaning.
  • Gums missing natural teeth can change shape over time. It is not uncommon to have to have adjustments made to ensure a denture remains a good fit.
  • Regular dental checkups are still required.
  • A typical set of dentures will last 5-10 years.

I encourage you to read the full article below as there is lots of extra useful information and explains the summarised points above.

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What are dentures/false teeth?

A denture is an artificial replacement for missing teeth and tissues in the mouth.

It is the equivalent to what a prosthetic leg is to someone who has lost a leg.

Because a denture offers a ‘false’ tooth, they are often referred to as false teeth.

Why do you need dentures?

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Dentures fill the gaps created by losing teeth. Filling these gaps may help you eat better, talk better, and feel more confident by improving your appearance.

Dr Gemma WheelerIn-house dentist – GDC Number: 259369

The primary reason behind the need for dentures is to replace one or more missing teeth.

What causes that need differs.  For some, it might be as a result of trauma or injury that required teeth and mouth tissue to be removed.  For others, disease, such as decay or gum disease may have led to the loss of teeth.

Ageing has a part to play too.  The Oral Health Foundation says ‘By 2050 there are expected to be two billion people aged 60 or older. This is more than double today’s figure. The older you are, the more likely you are to have lost all, or nearly all, your natural teeth.’

Custom made for each patient, dentures allow those who have suffered tooth loss to restore a sense of normality to the look and feel of their mouth.

Having a denture fitted is often more than just a process of giving you the impression of having ‘normal’ teeth.

False teeth can have a significant beneficial impact. They can help maintain the structure of your cheeks and lips.  They allow you to eat properly and feel more confident.

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Types of dentures

There are 2 main types of dentures available.

Complete dentures are an option when all of the teeth are missing.

Partial dentures are designed to be used when you still have some natural teeth present.

In most instances, both complete and partial dentures are designed to be removable.

There are options for fixed partial dentures also known as ‘crown and bridge’ or fixed complete dentures known as implant retained dentures.

Dentures can be fitted to either the upper or lower jaw, or to both if necessary.

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Complete Dentures

A complete denture that replaces a full arch of teeth is designed to fit snugly over the gums and jawbone.

The exact process and fitting time for a denture like this will vary depending on your circumstances.

If you have to have teeth taken out before the denture is made, in some instances, you will be required to wait several weeks, or even months, to ensure the gums and bone heal before fitting them.

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This means you have to go without teeth for a period of time.

In other instances however, they can be fitted straight after the teeth removal, meaning you will not have to go without any teeth at all.

The drawback of immediate fitting is that the gums and jawbone will relatively quickly alter in shape after the removal of teeth.  The bone that used to support your teeth can actually take up to 6 months to finish changing shape when you have teeth removed.  This will probably mean going back for alterations or possibly a whole new set of dentures to ensure a good fit.

Subject to your dental practice and circumstances, you can see either a dentist or a clinical dental technician to get a set of complete dentures fitted.

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A dentist will take measurements and impressions, also known as moulds of your mouth and then have a dental technician make the dentures for you.

If you see a clinical dental technician, they will provide dentures without you having to see your regular dentist.  Regular dental checkups are still important irrespective of dentures or not.

Whether you see a dentist or a clinical dental technician, two appointments for impressions are needed then a trial denture will be created from impressions taken from your mouth.  After trying this within your mouth, assessing the fit and appearance, adjustments will be made until the trial denture is perfect and can be used as a basis for the final denture to be produced.

Made from metals, plastics and coloured acrylics in most instances people would not know whether you are wearing dentures or they are your own natural teeth.  The ‘gum’ extends far enough away from the teeth that when smiling you or anybody else is unlikely you see the edge.

A good fitting, well made denture will be held in place by natural suction.

Dentures like regular teeth need cleaning, but you will normally take them out to do this.  A dentist will provide instruction on how best to clean your denture, but some useful information is included later in this article.

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  • Can give back a ‘normal’ set of teeth to those who have lost them
  • Can support your lips and cheeks to give a natural look to your face
  • Can aid with confidence as no longer gaps or no teeth
  • Can’t easily been seen or noticed as dentures
  • Can be removed for cleaning


  • Fear of them slipping out or coming loose
  • Possible need for adaptations or new dentures over time
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Partial Dentures

This is the sort of denture used when one or more teeth are missing, but a number of natural teeth remain.

Made from a combination of plastic, nylon or metal plates with false teeth attached, a partial denture is specifically designed to clip or mount to natural teeth via metal clasps.

In particular instances, the clips can be made of a tooth or gum coloured material, but the suitability is not as great as they are not as strong as the metal options.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the partial denture is natural and not obvious, it might be possible to see the clips that hold it in place.

A dentist or clinical dental technician can measure your mouth by taking moulds and order a partial denture to be created. This is a custom creation for your mouth.

So advanced are the designs, that a partial denture can replace teeth even if there are on other sides of the mouth.  Essentially you can have one denture per jaw, rather than a denture per missing tooth.

A partial denture can be easily removed and replaced.

Just like the remaining natural teeth, the denture needs cleaning regularly.  A benefit of a partial denture is that is can normally be cleaned like your regular teeth with less need to actually remove it, but you will want to fairly regularly.  You should take care with it as it can be broken.

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‘Flipper’ is another term used to describe certain partial dentures. It is usually used in reference to a denture that replaces 2 or 3 teeth in the front of the upper jaw.

Possible alternatives to a removable partial denture includes a fixed partial denture, also known as a crown and bridge.

This is a more permanent procedure and is not removable. It involves a dentist fitting crowns on teeth either side of the gap for strength and then the false teeth (the bridge) closes the gap.  The bridge is joined to the crowns.


  • Fit to or around existing natural teeth
  • Can aid with confidence as no longer gaps or no teeth
  • Don’t always need to be removed for simple cleaning
  • Does not require any modification of your remaining teeth


  • Possible that the fittings can be seen when talking or smiling
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Immediate dentures

As the name implies immediate dentures are those that can be made and offered to a patient very quickly.  They are made in advance and fitted straight after a tooth extraction.

You can get a full set of immediate dentures or partial ones.  You have to be a good candidate for this type of denture and it will certainly not be suitable for all.

Immediate dentures allow patients to go about daily life without a gap in their teeth or having no teeth at all.

These immediate dentures can be a permanent or a temporary solution.

In a temporary situation, they offer a solution whilst the gum and jaw heal and the permanent false tooth/denture is being made.  This may be particularly important if a front tooth is to be removed.

As they are fitted before the gums and bone has healed, they can require minor or even major adjustment throughout to ensure they fit properly during the healing process.

You will need to consult with your dentist as to whether or not immediate dentures are an option and the procedure involved.  Individual circumstances and cost will all come into play here.


  • Fit to or around existing natural teeth
  • Can aid with confidence as no longer gaps or no teeth
  • Don’t always need to remove for simple cleaning


  • Can come loose more often
  • Not suitable for all

Flexible/partial dentures

For those who require a partial denture to replace a few teeth, then flexible dentures may well be an alternative option for you.

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In comparison to regular partial dentures, the key benefits of flexible dentures include:

  • More comfortable to wear
  • Less likely to cause difficulties with speech
  • Gentle on the gums thanks to soft materials
  • Very durable
  • No metal clasps
  • No adhesives needed
  • Translucent resin blends with natural gum colour

With so many benefits these seem like the best option to go for.  However sadly one of the major drawbacks is that they are not available on the NHS due to associated cost.  The other drawback is that they are not available as a complete set.

Flexible dentures are made from a thermoplastic nylon resin that is very thin and flexible in comparison to the acrylic used traditionally in dentures.  This means they feel less bulky in your mouth.

A flexible denture uses existing healthy and natural teeth as well as the gumline as anchor points to keep the denture in place.

Whilst being more expensive they are not as costly as dental implants.


  • More comfortable to wear
  • Less difficulties with speech
  • Durable
  • No metal clasps
  • No adhesives needed
  • Look more natural


  • Cost
  • Availability – not available on NHS

Implant retained dentures

Essentially another type of denture, implant retained dentures are a more premium version of complete dentures and are really designed to overcome or reduce some of the problems associated with traditional complete dentures.

Where normal complete dentures rely on a good fit and suction to hold the teeth in place, implant retained dentures work on the basis of having a physical connection between the jawbone and the denture.

A titanium metal implant is placed into your jawbone.  Typically you need 4-6 for a set of implant retained dentures.  These implants act as artificial roots and fuse to the jawbone.

The denture then attaches to these implants via a ball or bar setup for a secure fit.  Some refer to such a setup as ‘snap-on/in’ dentures (not to be confused with snap-on veneers).

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Bar-retained dentures rely on a thin metal bar attached to implants placed in the jawbone. Either the bar or denture is fitted with fastening devices. When placed over the bar, the denture is secured by the clips or fasteners.

Ball-retained dentures, also known as stud-attachment dentures, are held in place by ball-shaped metal parts that attach directly to implants in the jaw. When the balls are aligned with corresponding sockets on the denture, they connect to keep it secure.  It is a little like a popper you may have on a piece of clothing.

Ball or bar retained, they are aesthetically pleasing and will included a gum coloured base made from acrylic.  The base holds the teeth custom-made to fit your mouth.

These dentures can be designed to be removed only by yourself, or to be removed only by a dentist.

Implant retained dentures give extra confidence as the physical attachment they have makes them much more stable and stronger. This, in turn, allows normal eating and chewing.

A more natural looking fit is achieved as achieved, thanks to the smaller profile of the denture and they are more comfortable as a result and there is too no chance of them coming loose at inconvenient times.

The physical attachment does away with some of the discomfort and friction felt with the gums compared to regular dentures and there is a higher likelihood of being able to better taste your food as the implant approach ensures more of the palate remains exposed.

The following video gives an explanation and visual representation of how implant dentures work.


  • More secure and stable
  • Smaller in the mouth and more natural looking
  • More comfortable to wear
  • Allow for normal chewing and eating
  • Can help allow for better tasting of food and drink
  • Don’t always need to remove for cleaning


  • Surgery
  • Cost

Fixed partial dentures (bridge)

An alternative to the removable partial denture is a fixed partial denture, better known as a crown and bridge.

The bridge are the false teeth that replace one or more missing teeth, within the mouth.

In many instances, a crown is attached either side of the bridge, and these crowns fit over existing teeth to act as an anchor point for the bridge to be fitted to.

It is a more expensive process but one that is more stable as it cannot be removed by the you, only a dentist.

Unlike a removable partial denture, crowns and bridges can only treat one gap at a time.

For example, imagine you had a tooth missing either side of your top jaw.  With a fixed denture treatment, you would need 2, 1 either side.  With a removable partial denture you need only 1 to address the gap on either side of the jaw.


  • More secure and stable
  • More comfortable to wear
  • Allows for normal chewing and eating
  • Don’t need to remove for cleaning


  • 1 bridge & crown can’t close multiple gaps in different locations
  • Can’t be user removed
  • Cost
  • Need to drill into remaining natural teeth.

Removable false teeth

Conventional complete and partial dentures can be removed by the wearer as can immediate dentures. In some instances, the implant retained dentures can too.

The removable nature of them can mean that it is possible for them to slip out of place and become loose at inconvenient times (does not apply to implant retained dentures), but a good fitting denture will normally remain in place.

Adhesives can be used to help keep them in place, but the removable design does allow for the denture to be properly cleaned as well as giving time for relief to the gums and mouth.

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Permanent dentures

The phrase permanent dentures is quite often used when talking about false teeth.

However, the way that permanent dentures are described can differ from one person or one company to another.

A complete of removable dentures may well be used by an individual daily (permanently) for 5 to 10 years, but they are not permanent because they are user removable.

Permanent dentures are false teeth that are affixed to the jawbone.

They are very similar to the implant retained dentures I explained above, however, they cannot be removed at home.

Permanent dentures, are also known as fixed dentures and do rely on suction to adhere to the gums.  The dentist physically screws the denture to attachments placed in your jawbone.

All-on-4 is a brand name for a popular implant supported fixed denture.

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History of dentures

If you were alive in 700BC and were wealthy you could get a denture.

Using a tooth from another human or that of an animal, gold bands and pins secured them into the mouth of those requiring such.

Most ‘normal’ people would have gone without and just had a tooth extraction.

In 16th century Japan bees wax was used to create an impression of the patient’s mouth.  Skilled craftsmen would then carve out a full set of wooden dentures based on that model.

Ivory had become popular in the 1700s, made from materials including elephant and walrus.

These had a tendency to stain, gave off a bad smell and were uncomfortable to wear.

Famously, after the Battle of Waterloo in the 1800s, human teeth were commonly taken from soldiers who died in battle and allowed for a more natural option.

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US President George Washington was one of the most famous early denture wearers.  Having gone through several sets of false teeth, those worn during his presidency were made from hippopotamus ivory held together with gold springs.

The natural materials would deteriorate quickly, but they were easy to produce and remained popular up until the 1800s.

In the 1840’s and 50’s, the Goodyear family developed vulcanite, a hardened rubber which made for a cheaper and ideal base for dentures, rather than the gold used previously.

Able to be moulded and then hardened into shape dentures made from such were able to provide a good fit.

Its believed a set of ivory dentures cost 25 guineas, a years salary for a housemaid, but vulcanite brought this cost down to just 6, making false teeth available to the middle class, not just the rich.

As demand and production increased it eventually allowed for the price to drop and become an affordable option for the masses.

In 1951 with the introduction of the NHS, dentures were made available to all. Demand was so great charges were introduced.

Modern advances has meant that acrylics and plastics are the major component in dentures today.

What are dentures made of and how are they made?

Acrylic resin, metal, porcelain and ceramics are common materials used in the construction of dentures.  The manufacturing process and material used will depend on the type of denture being created.

In most instances, full or complete dentures are made from acrylic in a pink gum colour.  Sometimes a metal plate is used for extra strength and reducing the chances of cracks or damage to the denture.

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The use of the metal plate is most typical when it is the upper arch of teeth that are being replaced and where the lower arch has existing natural teeth.  The force of the lower natural teeth can crack the acrylic unless it is strengthened with the metal.

The metal dentures can be made thinner than the acrylic dentures and so are more comfortable to wear. They are also fitted precisely to the soft tissues in your mouth. Metal dentures are significantly more expensive than plastic ones because of the skills and materials required to make them, and so are not routinely offered on the NHS.  Your dentist will discuss the options with you based on your circumstances.

Manufacturing a denture is a skilled and multi-stage process that requires a number of moulds and refinements to be made in order to ensure that the dentures fit the patient’s mouth as best as it can, but also look correct too.

Dentists have to advise the lab on things the correct size of teeth required to ensure the dentures look as natural as they can do when fitting in the mouth.

The following video provides an interesting insight into the production process.

How much do dentures cost?

The simple answer is that it depends on you and your circumstance.

Cost will be influenced by whether you need a partial or complete denture, whether you want a fixed or removable option, the materials used, and what other treatment you may need to have before fitting the denture.

A simple rule is, the more teeth that need replacing, the more it will cost.

Cost is also impacted by whether or not you are using state funded services like the NHS in the UK, whether you go private or have dental insurance.

Creating a denture is not a simple process.  You can’t just mass produce them and take a denture off the shelf as and when it is required.  As this article has hopefully outlined, there are many steps and time involved.

However, the following should give you a ‘rough’ idea of the costs involved.

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What’s the cost of NHS dentures?

Producing a denture falls within the highest treatment band for NHS dental charges, Band 3.

This means that whether you need a denture to replace 1, 2, 5, 10 or a complete set of teeth, then the cost via an NHS dentist is £306.80 (England), £306.80 (Wales), £157.60 (with some variation, in Scotland and Northern Ireland).

For some this may be expensive, particularly if you need just 1 tooth replaced, but it represents excellent value if you need a full set of dentures.

This cost includes any treatment that is necessary as part of having the denture fitted.  So, should you need a couple of teeth removed, several appointments for fitting/consultation then you will pay just the one Band 3 fee.

This charge is applicable each time you require dentures.

Typically a set of dentures will last about 5 years.

Depending on the dental practice you may have to pay this in full prior to treatment, in stages or after treatment.  You will not pay more than this and will not be charged for individual items or procedures associated.

With dentures provided on the NHS, you will be limited in the choice.  Of course, they will work as described and give you most of the benefits outlined earlier, but options like implant supported dentures and flexible dentures will only be available to you as a private patient.

If you want the best dentures money can buy then consider private treatment.

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How much do dentures cost privately?

One of the biggest benefits of getting dentures from a private dental practice is the choice you have.

Able to source from a variety of suppliers, the cost of dentures can vary significantly from a few hundred pounds to many thousands.  There is a choice to fit every budget.

You can choose from the basic but functional to the most technologically advanced that are more comfortable, better fitting and look more natural.

Whilst there are potentially diminishing levels of returns once you get to a certain price point, the more you pay the better the dentures will likely last and they may too have greater longevity.

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Partial dentures under private treatment can cost from about £200. A complete denture typically costs nearer to £1000, although should you choose you could still pay more.

Where applicable you can opt for the flexible denture that will fit more comfortably in the mouth and look even more natural.

Under private treatment you will have the option of implant supported dentures that will last 10 or more years.  A more complex, but potentially more rewarding procedure, costs begin at around £4000 but can cost £14,000 for a full jaw.

A private practice will explain the options you have for you to make an informed purchasing decision.

Partial DentureNHS Band 3 treatment £306.80 (England), £306.80 (Wales), £157.60 (with some variation, in Scotland and Northern Ireland)From £200 (number of teeth and materials impact cost)
Complete DentureNHS Band 3 treatment £306.80 (England), £306.80 (Wales), £157.60 (with some variation, in Scotland and Northern Ireland)From £750 £1000 (on average) (single or dual arch and material impact cost
Implant Retained DentureNot availableFrom £4000-14,000 (number of implants required, brand and the requirement for single or dual arch impact cost)

How much do dentures cost for pensioners?

Pensioners, or those adults aged over 65 are the biggest consumers of dentures.

Many pensioners have limited income and struggle to afford the cost of paying for dental treatment including their dentures.

Unlike some services that do offer a discount for the over 65’s, there is no automatic discount available for pensioners.

The cost of false teeth, be those NHS dentures or those sourced through a private practice, are the same as a regular adult.

NHS dentures at the time of writing will cost £306.80 in England, falling under band 3 of the NHS dental charges.

Lasting on average 5-10 years, when looked after represent pretty good value.

Some exceptions do exist though. Those receiving pension credit guarantee are exempt from dental charges and can get free dentures.  More information on the exemptions to dental charges is available here on the NHS website.

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How to save money when buying dentures

There is no one simple method for saving money when it comes to buying dentures.

As has already been said the cost varies depending on individual needs.

You could consider a dental insurance plan that includes dentures.  Subject to the monthly and annual premium of the plan, there are often limits around the amount that can be claimed for denture costs, if dentures are covered in the plan at all.

Some companies and dental practices offer special dental plans that allow you to receive discounts on treatments for paying a monthly fee.  This can be useful if you know you will need complex and expensive dental work.

Many practices, particularly private practices will offer payment plans to help spread the cost.  Whether interest is charged will depend on the plan provider.  Ideally, you want a 0% interest plan.

Another consideration is to travel overseas to countries where the cost of professional treatments like this are a lot lower.  Often known as health tourism, India, Turkey, Poland, Costa Rica and Mexico are all options.  However, there are risks attached to this and you should complete detailed research before taking such trips.  In many circumstances thousands can be saved on the most complex dental treatments.

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NHS or private?

Make no mistakes about it, the dentures provided by the NHS are perfectly adequate.  They do the job and can be excellent value, particularly if you need a complete set of false teeth.

However, there are limitations.  There are cost and time pressures on the NHS that means that the finished product is not always the best example of what is possible.  Although functional, it is possible for patients to get dentures that look and fit better.

False teeth purchased through a private dentist will cost more, but it may well be an investment you consider worthwhile.

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Where an NHS patient pays £306.80 (England) out of that cost has to come the fees of the dentist, the lab/technician who makes the dentures and the material costs.

Manufacturing a denture requires several visits to the dentist and several hours of lab time to actually make it, there isn’t much money to go around.

As a result some compromises are or have to be made.

Most dentists want to provide you with the best denture possible, but it’s not possible.

An NHS dentist is likely to have to rush the process, increasing the likelihood of inaccurate impressions and bites.

The lab are getting such a low fee that they can’t offer the best materials or the most experienced technicians.  There is less time to check and perfect every element of the denture.

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A typical set of complete dentures purchased privately will cost around £1000, although you can spend a considerable amount more.

At 3 times the cost on average, there is more money to go towards producing a quality product.

A private dentist has the time to show you and explain all the differences as well as pass on recommendations.  During the manufacturing process the dentist and the technicians who make them have more time to ensure the denture is refined until the look and fit is perfect.  An NHS dentist may get to 80-90% and  have to make do. Some might say you get what you pay for.

How long does the process take?

The length of time taken does depend on what work is required.

On average, it will take 1-2 months and 4 or 5 dental appointments, but your dentist will be able to give a more accurate answer to this as they will have assessed your mouth and the requirements you have.

Having determined what type of denture is best suited to you, your dentist will take a series of impressions and measurements that will be used to make the denture.

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Particularly important is the process of determining what is known as your ‘bite’.  This is how the jaws come together and the space between them.

A model or pattern is formed from this work the dentist does. You will normally then try this on.  Creating a denture is a bit of an art form and requires small tweaks to be made until our dentist is happy with the fit.

Once the dentist is satisfied that the model is correct, your final denture will be made.

In many cases a natural healing process is required which can mean the process takes longer than you might like but is vitally important for your continued health and well being, and to ensure that the dentures fit better for longer.

Over time you may need to see your dentist to have the denture realigned to ensure a continued good fit and no discomfort.

How long do dentures / false teeth last?

An average set of dentures will last anywhere from 5-10 years.

The cost and quality will have a bearing on how long they last, but your actual mouth will too.

The artificial teeth suffer wear and tear from daily use and are susceptible to being broken if dropped or too much force is applied to them.

As the body changes over the years as does the jawbone and this has a knock on effect to how well dentures fit.

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Dentists can often make some slight adjustments, but is a denture is becoming loose it may require a replacements.

As a result you should expect to have to replace your dentures every 5-10 years.

Depending on your financial position you might not want to invest in the ‘very best’ dentures if you have to pay for them again.

Alternative Treatments 

Whilst a denture is a very popular solution to missing teeth in the mouth, it is not the only option.

The primary alternative is dental implants.  Your eligibility will depend on your mouth and the number of teeth that need replacing.

Dental implants are similar to implant retained dentures, in that an artificial root is created by screwing in a titanium fitting into the jawbone and attaching an artificial tooth to this.

Implants can be used as supports for bridges too.

Generally more expensive to complete but implants will feel more secure and more like real teeth.  You won’t need to take them out to clean them like a denture.  Not everyone is a suitable candidate though.

If you are in the position of needing teeth replaced, speak to your dentist about the options and they can discuss all of these with you and what options you have based on your circumstances.

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Living with artificial teeth

National Smile Month figures indicate that in the UK, some 6% of adults have no natural teeth, whilst 74% have had a tooth extracted.

That is a sizeable number of people who need or may require false teeth, in fact 15 million people in the UK wear full or partial dentures.

However, a survey found that 69% of denture wearers said that dentures made them feel, look or behave differently.

Thankfully advances in dental technology false teeth are not as impractical and uncomfortable as many think.  You want to be happy living with them, so pay attention to some of the information below to ensure you are confident when wearing them.

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My dentures slip and come loose, this is normal isn’t it?

There are many different factors that can affect how well your dentures fit. For most people, new dentures should fit well and with a bit of practice will stay in place without moving. Over time, the bone changes shape and so it is normal that dentures become loose over the years. Unfortunately a small number of people may not get good fitting dentures because they do not have enough bone to hold dentures in place very well. It is worth seeing your dentist if your dentures are loose as they may be able to recommend some changes to your current denture to help them stay in place better.

Dr Gemma WheelerIn-house dentist – GDC Number: 259369

Are they comfortable?

Custom fit as most dentures are, comfort is generally very good and for most.

It is quite normal to initially feel uneasy or awkward when wearing dentures.  It takes time to get used to them. Your muscles will learn to help keep them in place.

You may well be fearful that they will slip or move, or even fall out. You may have in the first few weeks some irritation and soreness to contend with.

Your dentist will provide advice and tips on getting started with your dentures, but time for healing and practice in removing and fitting them will lead to greater confidence and all being well a less awkward feeling.

The following video from Fixodent may provide some useful tips.

If you never get comfortable with them or they become less comfortable over time, speak to your dentist.

Will dentures change how and what I can eat?

On the whole you will be able to eat and drink as you would with regular teeth, but there will be times where you need to be a little bit more considerate of what it is you eat.

General advice includes starting off with soft foods and eating small pieces of food for the first few weeks.  Avoiding hard, sticky or chewy foods is helpful too.

Even when you are a bit more confident food like caramel and chewing gum are best avoided.

Ensuring you chew on both sides of the mouth helps avoid putting too much pressure on one side of the dentures.

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Will dentures make me look different?

The way in which dentures are designed aim not to alter your physical appearance and really will as best as possible look like you would had you a natural set of teeth.

Some will inevitably look or fit better than others, subject to the amount spent on them.

For some, the dentures may even improve your smile by filling out the facial appearance.

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Will my speech be affected by dentures?

There will be a little bit of a learning curve and practice involved in saying some words.

The fitting of the dentures affects how your tongue and air moves and you may need to spend some time becoming accustomed to how to speak with your dentures in.

Practice by saying the words out loud to a friend, family member or to yourself.  The more practice you get the more confident you will feel.

Don’t fret, you wont need to re-learn how to speak.

Should you get a click when talking or the dentures slip when you laugh, cough, or smile, re-position the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. If any speaking problem persists, consult your dentist.

Should I wear dentures at night?

Typically, dentists do not recommend that you wear your dentures at night.

In the first few weeks your dentist may advise wearing them at night whilst sleeping as this is one of the most effective ways to determine whether the denture needs adjustment.

The stereotypical image of false teeth in a glass of water is as a result of taking them out at night.

By doing so you can allow your gums to rest a little and prevent possible fungal infections in your mouth. But the denture needs to be kept moist, as you do not want the material to dry out and change shape.

Putting dentures in a glass of water is one method, in a polythene bag with damp cotton wool is another as is leaving them in a denture cleaning solution.

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As the shape of your bone and gums change over the years there is a need for your denture to be adapted.

A process known as reline deals with this very issue.

It is particularly important if you have  had extractions within the last 3-12 months.

Normal dental checkups will generally assess fit, but every 5-10 years a reline will be required as dentures become loose or ill fitting.

By the 10 year time frame a new denture will likely be required as it will have worn and require replacement.

Dental checkups

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If I have no teeth and wear dentures, I won’t need a dental checkup

That’s not true. Your dentist will perform many checks such as an oral cancer scan on your dental visit. So it is important to have you checkup even if you don’t have teeth!

Dr Chhaya ChauhanIn-house dentist – GDC Number: 83940

Whether you have a partial or full set of dentures, you should still go for regular dental checkups.

Just because you might have none of your own teeth does not mean you don’t need to see a dentist.

Speak to your dentist or practice to find out what is required in your particular circumstances, but normally at least once a year you should have a checkup as your dentist will be looking at various health issues related to the mouth.

For full sets of dentures, they will be assessing the fit, how well you are cleaning them, how much life the dentures have in them and how the jaw and mouth tissue are faring as a result of daily wear.

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Cleaning and maintenance

Despite not being ‘real’ the false teeth still require regular (daily) cleaning and maintenance. It is important to remove all the plaque and bacteria that builds up on the denture along with any dental adhesive that may have been used.

Plaque and tartar builds up on false teeth just like it does on natural teeth.

Alarmingly, the Oral Health Foundation has found no consistency in the recommendations for cleaning and maintenance.

The general guidelines that they offer are as follows:

  1. Daily cleaning of the dentures using mechanical action – brushing with a toothbrush or denture brush and an effective, non-abrasive denture cleanser (no dentifrice (toothpaste)).
  2. Daily soaking in a denture-cleansing solution – this seems to deliver extra chemical breakdown of the remaining plaque and some level of disinfection of the denture. Denture-cleansing solutions should only be used outside the mouth, and denture wearers should strictly follow the manufacturers’ guidelines.
  3. Denture wearers should not keep their dentures in the mouth overnight, unless there are specific reasons for keeping them in. This guideline is even more important for people at a higher risk of developing stomatitis (a type of fungal infection) and for frail or institutionalised older people. Soaking in a denture cleanser solution after mechanical cleaning seems to be beneficial for preventing denture stomatitis and the potential risk of pneumonia events in these groups of people.
  4. All patients who wear removable dentures should be enrolled into a regular recall and maintenance programme with their dental professional.

The exact technique may vary depending on whether you have a partial or complete denture and what your denture is made of.

When you first get your denture, your dentist will show you the correct technique for cleaning it.  If they don’t ask to be shown.

Failing to clean it regularly and correctly increases your chances of gum disease, bad breath, fungal infections and other associated conditions due to the bacteria that will stick to it.

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In the first few weeks of having a denture you may be expected to wear it at night, but eventually, you will take it out as this allows the gums, jaw and saliva to recover from the daily wear.

It is this act of removing at night that the stereotypical image of teeth in a glass of water comes from.

Dentures normally need to be kept moist to retain their shape and a glass of water is perfect for this.  However, this water could be replaced by a cleaning solution.

There are specialist denture brushes you can buy, they have different length and formed bristles to help reach into all the areas of the dentures surface.

Some popular options include:

Preview Product Rating Price
Wisdom Toothbrush Denture Wisdom Toothbrush Denture 985 Reviews £1.98
White Denture Brush ~ Easy Grip Handle, Double Bristle Head White Denture Brush ~ Easy Grip Handle, Double Bristle Head 1,087 Reviews £2.45
Oral-B Prosthesis Brush, Pack of 3 Oral-B Prosthesis Brush, Pack of 3 433 Reviews

Regular toothpaste is not advised as it is abrasive and can scratch the surface of your denture teeth, so that they lose their shine. Specialist denture toothpaste can be used. Consult you dentist for the best option for your denture.

Avoid using a stiff brush and do not use hot water as this can damage the denture.

Another necessary task is to soak the denture in a cleaning solution.  Studies  have found this to be one of the most effective ways to control dental plaque in addition to brushing the denture clean and stopping unnecessary deterioration of the denture itself.

Perhaps unsurprisingly there are a number of different cleansing products you can opt for, some of the more popular options include:

Preview Product Rating Price
Stain-Away I00028111 Plus Denture Cleanser, 8.1 oz Stain-Away I00028111 Plus Denture Cleanser, 8.1 oz 758 Reviews £15.11
Poligrip 3 Minute Daily Cleanser 30 Tablets Poligrip 3 Minute Daily Cleanser 30 Tablets 415 Reviews
Steradent Active Plus Denture Daily Cleaner Steradent Active Plus Denture Daily Cleaner 30 Reviews £1.50

And this choice from Boots is also a good option.

If you have natural teeth, you must still brush these twice a day and daily too.

The following video demonstrates how you can clean your dentures correctly.

Dental adhesives/fixative

Correctly fitted dentures do not require adhesives to remain in place.

If you have undergone tooth removal or are new to wearing dentures the gums and bone can change shape causing the denture to become loose and not fit as snugly as it once did.

In most instances, if the denture is loose you should consult your dentist who can make amendments or may even advise having a new set made, subject to your circumstances.

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Whilst they can be used, adhesives are not recommended as a long term solution, but can give an extra level of confidence to new denture wearers or assist with those dentures that are not fitting as well as they once did.

There are a few exceptions such as medical conditions like dry mouth that can impact the ability to the denture to stay adhered to the gum and therefore an adhesive can be useful.

Available in paste and powder form, both have benefits, but powders can be easier to clean off dentures and allow for a closer contact between the mouth tissue and the denture itself.

If you choose to use adhesives, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on how much to use and how to apply.

Top tips for using dentures adhesives

  • Apply to clean dentures.
  • Use the paste as and when is needed to achieve the desired effect.
  • Use the minimum amount necessary to provide the best benefit.
  • Apply a minimum amount and if more is required do so in accordance with following manufacturer instructions.
  • Apply evenly on the tissue contacting surface of the denture.
  • Understand adhesives work best with a well fitting denture.
  • Remove all adhesive at the end of every day.

Popular adhesive choices include:

Preview Product Rating Price
Fixodent Adhesive Cream Original, 47g Fixodent Adhesive Cream Original, 47g 1,931 Reviews £3.23
Poligrip Denture Adhesive Cream, False Teeth and Partials Fixative, Ultra, 40 g (Pack of 1) Poligrip Denture Adhesive Cream, False Teeth and Partials Fixative, Ultra, 40 g (Pack of 1) 4,952 Reviews £3.56 £2.75
FittyDent 9002240001022 Toothpaste, size 40ml FittyDent 9002240001022 Toothpaste, size 40ml 1,241 Reviews £8.51 £7.43


False teeth are a fantastic solution for those missing one or more teeth.

Modern advances in dental technology allows for anyone to get a denture at a price that works for them.

Allowing you to look and feel better and really boost your confidence, a denture is more than just a false set of teeth to some.

As artificial as they are, they still require care and you still need a regular checkup.

They can become loose as your jaw changes over time.  Replacements are normally required every 5 to 10 years, so this is why some opt for alternative treatments like implants.

Speak to your dental professional about what the right solution is for you.


Are dentures comfortable?

Yes, for the most part, they are.  If they have been correctly shaped and fitted you should get used to them and they should feel fine to wear on a day to day basis with no discomfort.

However, over time the gum and jawbone can change shape and the fit of the denture can become worse, therefore making them more uncomfortable to actually wear.

If the denture becomes uncomfortable, see the dentist to find out whether alterations can be made or whether a new denture is required.

Can dentures be whitened?

Dentures like natural teeth can become stained over time.  Whilst they are more resilient due to the materials used it is not uncommon to see them discolour slightly.

They can be whitened, just like our teeth can, but typically the best way to whiten them is with a good clean.

As dentures can be removed, they are easier to clean.  Give them a good brush with clean water and a toothbrush, some even chose to use a nail brush.

Steradent cleaner or Steradent pro white tablets are popular choices along with Stain-Away, which all claim to brighten and whiten the denture.

Some suggest over the counter whitening products and even household bleach can make the denture look whiter, but it is best to check with your dentist before trying such as doing this could damage the denture too.

A trip to the dentist is worthwhile as they can use their specialist cleaning tools (including an ultrasonic cleaner) to thoroughly clean the denture and in just a few minutes remove stains, plaque buildup and restore the denture to its former brighter and cleaner state.

Can dentures be reshaped?

Yes, they can be.

Whilst some attempt to do this at home, it is best to go to the dentist who has all the tools and importantly the skill to make adjustments to the denture.

Depending on the severity of the adjustment needed will depend on whether or not it is possible.

Slight rubbing and discomfort when wearing a denture can usually quickly and easily be adjusted to give back the comfortable fit.  In many cases though, where the denture is a good few years old, a whole new denture may well be required if the jaw bone has changed shape or shrunk.

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What are the best dentures on the market?

There is no 1 best denture that is suitable for all.

Some people need just a single or a couple of teeth to be replaced with a denture, whilst others require a complete set.

The best denture is one that has been custom made, with your specific needs and requirements in mind.

The best denture will look as close to your natural teeth and gums as possible.  Consideration for the size, shape and colours will be made.  A good denture will be designed to match your existing natural teeth or to best represent the smile you had prior to losing all teeth.

The best denture will also fit your mouth well and come in at a price you can afford.

NHS dentures are more than good enough for most.  They come in at the most reasonable of prices.

Seeking private dental treatment rather than NHS will offer more choice and may result in a better denture for you.

What is a flipper denture or flipper tooth?

A flipper tooth is another name given to a partial denture.

A ‘flipper’ can be used to replace 1 or more missing teeth.

It is removable and usually clips around existing teeth.

They are generally designed to be more of a temporary solution, but the comfort and low cost means that some will use them as a longer term option.

What is the cost of a partial denture?

The cost will depend whether you get the partial denture through and NHS or private practice.

Any denture from the NHS, be that for 1 or 10 teeth, has a fixed price.  Such treatment falls under the highest pricing band for NHS dental practices, band 3.  At the time of writing in the UK that cost is £306.80.

If you need a partial denture for just 1 or 2 teeth, it may actually be possible to obtain this from a private dental practice at around £200.  However, prices do vary considerably and there may well be extra fees to consider.

Can I get a single tooth denture?

Yes, you can.

You have a couple of options.  There is a partial denture, which is removable and easy to fit.

It usually clips round teeth nearby surrounding the gap you wish to fill.

When it is just a single tooth that needs replacing, many will opt for a dental bridge.  This is a fixed partial denture and is not removal.

A bridge is a more permanent and often more convenient option.

My NHS dentures don’t fit – what can I do?

Don’t panic if your denture suddenly doesn’t fit or is not fitting as well as it once was.

Any dental work that goes wrong within 12 months should be covered by the NHS guarantee.

This means you can go back to the dentist and get the denture fixed or replaced for free without having to pay for it.

Dentures can often become loose or not fit correctly because the gums to which they adhere change shape.

The denture just needs to be adjusted.  In most cases, the dentist can do this as part of a routine appointment.  The smallest of adaptations can make the denture fit very well again.

In some cases, a denture may need to go back to the lab or be remade.


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    • Hi Tracey.

      Thanks for the commment. We don’t at this time make specific recommendations for particular services/suppliers in certain parts of the country.
      Perhaps best to contact some local practices and see if they can help.

  1. i have had 4 implants fitted into my top jaw bone ,and i am considering having snap on snap off dentures fitted , can you please tell me what is the average cost to have this done

    • As a very rough cost John, you are looking in the region of £1000. It would usually be more accounting for the implants, but you have already had these done.

      • thaks for your reply jon ,very much appreciated, if i can get them at that price will be happy ,was expecting to pay more

  2. My new NHS dentist wouldn’t file my dentures for me because I didn’t have them done by his practice.was told to back to my previous dentist to perform the procedure. Gob smacked.two yrs down the line I’m going to try again.see what he say’s.

    • Hi Stephen.
      Whilst I am somewhat surprised the dentist didn’t proceed to help realign the dentures, seeing as you were there and it should have been a relatively routine adjustment, technically, it is the responsibility of the original dentist as far as I am aware.

  3. My denture doesn’t fit well cannot bite with front teeth had them 5 months on the nhs but the dentist retired and no one has took over the practice is there anything I can do

    • Hi Pauline. Great question. Is there another local NHS practice to you? It might be worth getting in touch with them to see if they are taking on new patients and ask for their advice. They may well be able to help. I suspect there is a way to trace back to your original work to get it covered under the NHS guarantee, but it might be tricky with your existing practice having closed.

    • Hi Abi. This is a question to put to the private practice as each will have its own rules. Generally there is going to be some form of guarantee around how well they fit and will likely allow for realignment if required.

  4. My husband’s dentist says he can’t make him a new set of dentures as his gums have receded, has given him an address to go privately to have two teeth implants then have dentures made, we are pensioners and have not got the money to go private savings of £3000 pounds my husband gets a good pension, so can’t claim, can he get this done under nhs as his dentist has not given him the option, we think it may be because he had some dentures made over two years ago, and my husband was not satisfied with them as they were huge teeth, my husband looked ridicules in the and returned them, with a refund. He is at his wits end on what to do. Can you help with advice.

    • Edward. Implants are not usually offered under the NHS unless specific circumstances are met. I think initially it would be best to get a 2nd opinion from an NHS or private dentist at least as to whether he would be a suitable candidate for dentures and whether implants are necessary. I appreciate the cost to pay for the treatment might not be feasible, but at least getting another opinion it could be worth paying for this concultation.

  5. hi im johnny a 59 year old scaffolder from south london im fit n healthy except for my horrible teeth i only got one front tooth and a couple of half teeth that all need to come out 🙄its well distressing and makes me unhappy all the time 🙄 i really do need a complete new set of teeth upper n lower asap its really depressing im a happy go lucky person except for my teeth situation🙄 i got six children and 11 grandkids and would love to be able to smile again 😊 i havent smiled for years 🙄evn if i could only get half my teeth done at the front upper n lower i would be happy 😊? plus i finally got the chance to get married but my horrible teeth stops me doing it 🙄 please can you help the complete dentures and/or implants are a minefield to understand and it seems like implants are best but so so exspensive 🙄 can you help please ??? fanx 😊

    • Hi Johnny.

      Implants are the ‘gold’ standard, but I think you would be well served with a good quality set of full dentures. There is a big price difference.
      If you have an NHS dentist go and see them and have a discussion, it is a great place to start.
      Or if you can afford to spend a bit more, get a private consultation with a dental practical locally and see what options you have with dentures.

  6. I had two really loose teeth at the front and during lockdown saw my dentist who suggested removing them and giving me a partial denture, this was 4 month as ago. Although I am a NHS patient, I had to pay private prices, due to covid apparently (£425).The denture never fitted me and I went back and it was realigned, a 5 minute job which cost me more money and it didn’t work anyway as my teeth were the same then the bit fell off. At the weekend my plate broke and I went back to be told that I had to pay £85 to get it fixed at the moment and if I want a new denture that will fit properly have to pay the £425 again This seems so wrong, does anyone know if I have any rights? Surely I shouldn’t be paying for a plate that doesn’t fit and broke after 4 months?

    • Hi Susan. I am so sorry to hear about your situation. This doesn’t sound right. I am not sure where you stand on a rights perspective, but I would have thought you have strong grounds for this to be repaired or replaced at no cost. It sounds like the dental practice is not offering the service you would expect. You paid for a denture that would fit and it hasn’t from the time you got it. I would seek professional advice on how to handle this, assuming you have raised your concerns already with the dental practice offering them the opportunity to resolve it.

  7. Hi Jon just got my new set of teeth upper teeth are good bottom teeth a nightmare been back to surgery 3 times to put you in the picture my lower jaw is an odd shape the back ends of each side of the jaw slope down I can’t get the teeth to stay in place even when I have applied gel as soon as I eat the denture comes loose again would it work if I had both ends of the slanted denture removed that would leave me with 10 teeth please advise .

    • Hi Isabel.

      I suspect this might be an option, but probably not the ideal option as it will restrict or limit the ability you may have to chew foods.
      I would have thought it possible to get the fit right as the dentist clearly felt it appropriate for you.
      Is the dentist suggesting they cannot get a better fit?

  8. Recently had a top set of flexible dentures privately and at the first review, was informed that it would be chargeable to have tweaks and alterations made. Surely, the dentist or technician is under obligation to satisfy the customer in these initial stages, or until customer is happy with the product’s fit, appearance etc. What timescale would be reasonable to expect free alterations? I can’t seem to find answers on any site or forum.

    • Hi Elaine. I would have imagined that an initial review would allow for small alterations that were needed to be carried out at no cost.
      However, the rules/pricing of the private practice are set by each practice, so what might apply to one may not apply to another practice.
      I would have hoped that the conditions of sale of the dentures and key information like this would have been advised initially, but it sounds like it might not have been.
      The speed at which the alterations can be made will depend on the practice. Few practices have a technician on site, so they usually have to be sent off. Therefore 7-10 days is a fair expectation as a very rough time frame.
      The pandemic and the easing of lockdown may have some impact on this.
      I hope this helps.

      • Thank you for the prompt reply. No terms and conditions were mentioned. I just assumed that it would be like any other purchase of goods. I shall keep your comments in mind and see how it goes. Thanks for your time and guidance.

  9. My gums are shrinking and I know I need false teeth but I would rather die. I’m 50 and can’t bare the thought of taking them out at night or them moving when I talk or even worse falling out in front of people and people knowing they are false, I am so depressed I just constantly cry. I know there are others my age but I feel so alone and that the whole world will know. Are there any cheaper options to have them permanently fixed

    • Mich,

      Yes a denture will have to come out at night. But, a well fitting denture should not move and falling out is extremely unlikely. You can use adhesives to help secure it in place if you have that fear, but it isn’t essential.
      Mini-implants can be used, so you have something called implant-retained dentures.

  10. I have had front upper partial denture done 6 months ago,but still feel uncomfortable, shape tongue,denture not quit close to top jaw talking loose ,couldn’t eat been back to dentist few time ,told then is not right he didn’t do much just sand the inside top do I need to replace again

    • Hi Jenny.

      Sorry to hear this. The dentist does have a responsibility to rectify this assuming the cause of the poor fit is not as a result of something outside of their control.

      I would advise having further conversations and making it clear you are not satisfied.

  11. I have had a new full top plate made looking at the part that was going to sit on my gums I was pleased as they looked like my old ones, but when I put them in I told the dentist they were too big her reply was well the the size of your mouth, so I felt put off, when I got home I took them out to put fixodent, and turned them over and oh no, no teeth just the outer side and they aren’t central so one side i is short and my gum gets saw, I can’t eat hardly anything as teeth are side was so food just slide off I have to liquidise everything almost, I have been back but they say technicians because of the virus are not working I don’t know what to do please can you advise me. I paid private and that is a lot of money as they are not fit for purpose, why she did not have teeth put in beggars belief, I showed her my old ones and said they we’re worn down as my bottom teeth are my own.

    Please can you

    • Hi Christine.

      I am sorry to hear about the problems you have been experiencing.

      I am not sure what you are saying about no teeth. The teeth are fitted to the denture but are not positioned correctly?

      As best as possible I do believe you are going to need to discuss this with the dental practice through which you paid and received the denture. I would advise working with them to get a solution. Explain the issues and perhaps the problem can be resolved now or when the technicians are back working.

      If the dental practice is not being forthcoming, the next option might be to speak to your bank/card issuer through whom you made the payment. They might be able to help resolve the problem.

  12. Nearly 5 years ago I had two implants put in to my lower jaw – tohold bottom dentures in place.
    Unfortunately, 1 became infected and had to be removed and the other peg broke in situ although
    the basic structure remains. Since then I have suffered almost constant pain and have to be very
    careful what I eat. My lower gums are almost always covered in blisters. Is there anything to be done?
    Any hope at all? My original Harley Street dentist tried to put me back to my pre-implant state but
    without success. I am in deep despair and in need of help. Within reason, I can pay.
    Alannah Homes

    • Alannah. I am sure there is something that can be done. I imagine the implant can be replaced.

      You need a professional opinion though who can give you a personalised response having assessed your personal situation.

      I suggest finding a reputable implantologist local to you and seeking a consultation with them.

  13. I have had 2 implants put in my bottom jaw to help keep my teeth from moving in January I had healing caps put in and I have been left with these in due to corona virus is this ok ?

    • Yes, nancy this should be fine. I am sure you will soon be called back in to have these replaced as many restrictions are now being lifted. If you have any concerns it is best to speak to your dentist who has your notes/history.

  14. I have just had all my teeth removed after getting over a heart attack and receiving radiology treatment for cancer…..I am now waiting for the gums to harden before looking for a good dentist to make me a good set of false teeth…getting fed up with NHS treatment..any advice or recommendations please.

    • Hi Derek.

      The best advice I can give is to find a dentist you relate to and get along with. A dentist who understands you and what you want and that you have faith in will likely really help the whole process.

  15. Hi,I have a bridge of 4 teeth,top front,had it for plus 20 years.Now one side has come loose,snapped off.My dentist has told me I will have to have a new bridg of 6 teeth ,cost is just over 3000 pounds,which I don’t have.Is there any way of securing my original bridge.
    Many thanks.

    • Hi Robert.

      I cannot say for sure, but I suspect, given the age of the bridge an the fact it has snapped, it is unlikely that it can be repaired.

      What repairs may well be possible might only be temporary or leave the bridge fragile.

      It would likely be best if you were to seek out another dentist to get a second opinion and a quote for a replacement bridge.

      Another professional assessment, where they can see your teeth and bridge will give you the best answer.

      • Hi John. I have had so much trouble with my upper full dentures and paid out a fortune. I have come to one conclusion, dentists dont know what they are doing. I have had 3 dentures in about 7 years, the first two by dentists. I dont believe they are capable of adjusting dentures at all. For my last denture i went to a denture lab PERFECTION and quicker than a dentist

        • Hi Mike.

          I am sorry to read you have had issues with getting dentures that work for you.

          I prefer no to question the abilities and skill of a dental professional but of course, some will be better skilled than others. Some will have done extra training and education to ensure they can better serve patients.

          Glad you have now got a denture that works for you.

          It would be advisable for prospective denture wearers to perhaps ask for reviews and pictures etc of patients a dentist has treated for peace of mind and to be used as part of their research into selecting an appropriate dentist to create the denture.

  16. Hi Jon, dentures are over 12 month old, checked that after reading the NHS details and as for sympathy from the dentists not a chance all they want is more money, the hospital made my sighn a waver thing before they took out the pliers so no hope there either, busy thinking over getting the last two upper teeth out privately and after healing going over seas for an all on 4 implants system if my cracked dentures can be repaired and new teeth added for the interim period, its a lot to consider and a lot of money to find.

  17. I have had 3 lower jaw teeth pulled 3rd world style by MaxFax the facial surgery people after a badly infected saliva gland made my face swell up and they thought it was my teeth, I now have only two teeth left in my upper jaw due to gum problems and my first set of false teeth which fitted perfect untill they were sent away to have another tooth fitted then they rocked badly with no suction at all and was told use the adhesion gunk but it needed about 5mm depth on one side and eating was imposible, I left that dentist in disgust and a few hundred pound poorer and tried another, they seemed understanding and said those teeth are unusable when placed on a mould of my upper jaw and whent about pulling another tooth for good luck and setting up for new dentures “great I thought” after about 4 weeks of visits and fittings they were ready, a tighter fit and felt good although much thinner than the others and this became a problem when they exploded into two halfs in my mouth when eating salad in a restaurant with family, yes another few hundred pound down the drain and a total fear of going back to any dentists for more!
    I am considering going to the dental hospital about 30 miles away and giving them ago, showing them the last real upper molar the exploding false teeth ripped loose enough for me to pull out that night with my fingers and no pain relief, so my question, how many times can NHS dentists rip me off before I can do something about it? as the only answer I get is “you can have a new set but it will be a whole new treatment plan and cost you the full amount again!” I would have loved to post some photographs, PS I am an elderly disabled man from the North of England who does not get free dental and who has a little bit of savings.

    • Hi Phil.

      Sorry to hear of your story and that you have not been treated or received the experience and dentures you would like.

      I presume you have spoken to the practices concerned and received little in the way of sympathy, support or compassion on the matter.

      Whilst I could not say conclusively if these dentures are less than 12 months old you may well be able to make a claim/case under the NHS Guarantee or at least complain to see if anything can be done. There is a bit more information on the NHS website here.

  18. Hi Jon

    I have had problems with my teeth for many years. I have been reading all the information you have provided and it is really interesting and very informative.

  19. I have moderate to severe periodontal disease and am now at the stage where I am considering getting my teeth removed for dentures. I would preferably want snap in dentures opposed to regular dentures but wonder whether I would be eligible for these. I have quite a lot of bone loss. I am a smoker but understand that this needs to change. I don’t know what way to turn. I want to enjoy food again. Can’t even eat a biscuit without breaking it up. Would love to bite into an apple again. Wake up every morning with a foul taste in my mouth. Now have an abscess I think on one of my few remaining teeth. Teeth are ok, just the foundations have failed them. Any advice on how to proceed would be gratefully received. Cost isn’t really a problem as I have been saving for this day.

    • Hi Linda.

      Thanks for the comment.

      The only way you are really going to know your options for sure, is to see a dentist.

      A dentist can make an assessment of your teeth, take an X-ray of your jaw and determine whether snap-in/implant retained dentures are suitable. It is quite likely you could have them, as often what are known as mini implants are used.

      These smaller implants require less jawbone, ideal when there isn’t much, as is the case for you.

      You will be asked to make some changes to take better care of your mouth, so if you can reduce or quit smoking then that would be great.

      • just had partial dentures fitted today after stalling for 15 long years. I am very hopeful. Same sort of story as yours. Couldn’t eat on soft diet. No smile stomach and bowel issues. Etc. Go get it done. Don’t let your face change shape

  20. My wife having misplaced her dentures while a short stay in hospital visited her dentist for replacements, taking six weeks going through the process she received a new set on the NHS. The dentures she received were very small giving her the appearance of no teeth at all. Not satisfied with these was told by the dentist these will have to do for six months or if you hand them back it will take another six weeks for another set , but what is the guarantee the next set will be suitable . Would our dental hospital be more suitable . We live in Dundee , scotland

    • Hi Ian.

      Thanks for the comment.

      An unusual situation you are in.

      As far as I am aware it should not really take another 6 weeks as the initial impressions would have already been taken. That said, these may have been disposed of or/not saved, so this would delay things.

      Usually when the dentures are designed by the lab, they are briefed by the dentist on size/colour etc. It seems odd that the first set are so far from what might appear normal for your wife, it sounds like the dentist possibly got it wrong first time around.

      I would discuss your concerns with the dentist and they should be able to explain why this set were so wrong and how they can ensure the next set will not be.

      It should not be required to go to a dental hospital.

  21. I have a partial denture which keeps breaking and I’m charged band 2 £66 or something for a repair this time it only lasted 3 weeks

    • As far as I am aware, this charge should not apply if it is the fault of the fitting or denture quality itself. It is best to speak to your dentist to understand what’s going wrong.

  22. I have had one front upper tooth removed and I now have a plate.I had a new plate put straight in so I didn’t have a gap
    I now find that my gums have shrunk so much that my dentist says I will have to have a new mould.
    He Is charging me for this I thought NHS ones had a 12 month warranty.
    I am at the same time having one filling and a scale and polish.I am paying for the treatments on band 3.
    I would be grateful for any advice.

    • Hi Jennifer.

      Thanks for the question.

      As far as I am aware, your dentist is right to charge you for this.

      Peoples gums can shrink after removal of a tooth, but the speed of the shrinkage, if at all, varies from one person to another.

      It sounds like in your case there has been sufficient shrinkage to warrant a new denture, it just happens to be within 12 months, which is the same time period of the NHS warranty.

      The NHS warranty period of 12 months is there to cover you if something goes wrong (explained here) but in this instance, there is nothing wrong with the denture (as far as I understand), it is just that your mouth/gum has changed requiring the new denture, which is outside of the warranty terms.

      Band 3 is the applicable band to pay for any form of denture, whether it is 1 tooth or 20 teeth that are being replaced by the denture. The NHS band system means that if other work is required at the same time, in that case a scale and polish and filling that can be done at no extra cost.

      If you have concerns, it is always worth speaking to your dentist or dental practice for clarification.

  23. Do you have any pictures showing the difference between an NHS full set and a full set from a private dentist? I’m just about to have surgery for the removal of the top and bottom full mouth clearance and my private dentist showed me a set top and bottom for 2k that looked fine but my brother who has NHS teeth showed me his and they looked almost the same but he only paid £300. both made of acrylic so what am I paying the extra £1700 for? Im a bit bewildered by it all so any help would be a bonus thank you

    • Hi Scott.

      Often you are paying more for the materials, craftsmanship, quality and overall fit and finish. It could be worth getting a first hand explanation from your dentist.

      And no, to be honest I do not have these pictures. It is a very good suggestion of how the article could be improved. I will look to address this.

  24. I have a partial metal denture in the top ,and a plastic partial denture in the bottom ,I’m an NHS patient ,my dentist says I can’t get a metal plate on the NHSas they are too expensive ,I’ve tried the standard denture my mouth was really sore and ulcerated , hence the metal one can you advise please I’m in scotland

    • Hi Irene.

      Your dentist is correct, there are limitations on what you can have on the NHS. If you particularly want a denture made from a specific material you will have to see a dentist privately and pay for this and the denture that is made.

      If you found the NHS supplied denture and suffered with sores and ulcers, I would have thought your dentist may have looked at options to overcome this as it may have been a poor fit causing such.

    • Hi Megan.

      There are many variables in the cost.

      Prices start from around £200.

      It is best that you go and speak to your/a local dentist who can offer dentures and quote based on your individual circumstances.

  25. I have had my first dentures fitted with two teeth on them and there at the top my dentist has said after three months I will have to go back and pay another £268.00 for another set because these will might go loose is this right I can not keep paying this kind of money every time.

    • Hi Lorna.

      It is sometimes necessary for dentures to be adjusted over the time that you wear them, but to be replaced within 3 months seems a bit much.

      Are these supposed to be a temporary solution?

      Have you had teeth removed before the denture was fitted?

  26. I have just had a partial lower denture fitted. Replacing 3 teeth on one side and 2 on the other. They are connected by gum that runs at the base of my front teeth. They don’t fit. When my dentist tried to get them in for the first time, they wouldn’t go in. She had to keep shaving gum off. Even when in they felt wrong. One side fit well, but the other side doesn’t fit at all. The gum doesn’t fit the contours of my mouth, and there is a gap. My dentist won’t do anything about it. I’m used to wearing full upper dentures so I know about bedding them in, but these new ones can’t be bedded in as they simply don’t fit my mouth. When I try to eat, the good side stays in place but immediately, the bad side lifts up, and I have to press it down with my finger. I’m devestated because my dentist has refused to do anything and says I have to put up with it. What on earth can I do?

    • Hi Angie.

      Sorry to hear this.

      Whilst I only have the information you have given to go by, this sounds extremely poor service by your dentist.

      It sounds like they can tell, not only from what you say that it does not fit very well.

      I would have expected your dentist to take action to resolve this matter for you.

      My suggestion would be to speak to your dentist/practice and ask them to take a look and rectify the situation. Politely explain the fit is not how you would have expected it to be etc and ask for them to provide a better solution/fix.

      If they are unwilling to, I suggest seeking independent advice. You may first want to visit another dentist to get another professional opinion and then you may want to speak to a lawyer to get an idea of where you stand legally in getting the dentist/practice to solve the problem for you.

  27. I was given false hope by a dentist who said he was going to have his students at the royal college of density fit upper and lower dental implants but I was just being played and I now have no confidence in any dental clinics as I have had two sets of dentures made since 2015 and I have never been able to eat with them and my remaining teeth are so loose I was able to pull the front lower ones out. I can’t keep dentures in with any kind of fixodent and I have lost all confidence and only go out if it is dark and I feel I can’t keep on this way. Do you know if I am able to be given fixed dentures?

    • Hi Amanda.

      Very sorry to hear about your circumstances.

      The vast majority of dentists are there to help and would not let you feel this way or have such a poor experience.

      It is not possible for me to make detailed comment without knowing more history and an actual examination being done.

      However, it would be very rare for someone not to be suitable for fixed dentures. It is concerning that you are able to pull teeth out and this should be addressed as soon as possible.

      The best thing to do is find a trustworthy dentist near to you who can help, potentially one who is trained in dealing with nervous patients, as I am sure you now are based on your experience.

      Which part of the country are you located in?

    • Hi Amanda sounds like you and I have had the same dentist, I tried to get a very similar problem resolved and got nowhere only to be told to get my wallet out and start again from scratch, I left that dentist and tried another that had a better reputation only to have another set explode in my mouth whilst eating a salad in a restaurant, I honestly believe NHS dental treatment is a lottery and the odds of winning are not on our side.

  28. Hi I lteady have four upper implants to secure my full upper denture. My big concern is if I break this plate therefore I would like a spare denture made. Would this be possible even though the implants were not fitted at your surgery and roughly how much would a full upper denture be please

    • Hi Valerie.

      It is possible to have spare/replacement dentures made to fit to the implants that you have.

      However, we are not a surgery/dental practice ourselves, nor do we make dentures. We are just a site dedicated to providing information online about dental health.

      You will need to make contact with a dental practice within your local vicinity, who should be able to help.

      The cost will depend on the materials etc but you are looking at around £750-1000 ish as a rough ballpark figure.

  29. I have a blood clotting disorder and am on Long term anticoagulant therapy. I have had several pulmonary embolisms, and DVT’s and am not a surgical candidate to have what’s left of my terrible teeth removed. For many years my teeth have been deteriorating due to medication effect and Many of my teeth are broken off at the level of the gum line with only a few partial broken teeth remaining. Several oral surgeons have declined to remove the teeth and say I am not a candidate for implants because of my clinical status. Is there any option of creating a denture with an arch that could fit over the existing teeth so I have some symbolance of a normal looking mouth. It wasn’t so much of an issue when it was just back teeth but it is front teeth missing now . It is so embarrassing.

    • Hi.

      Sorry to hear that your medical disorders are making things difficult for you.

      I would have thought most dental professionals would have suggested what options you have, even if they themselves have declined to treat you.

      What are the professionals, who have actually seen your teeth saying that you should do?

      Whilst it is technically possible to create a denture that goes over the teeth that have broken, consideration has to be made for the fit of the denture and the comfort for you as the wearer.

      The condition of your teeth sound like achieving this can be difficult.

      You also have the complication that if teeth are broken they are more at risk and placing a denture of some form could potentially make hings worse rather than better.

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