When you are in need of dentures, the acquisition is an important step and we aim to provide you with as much information as possible, regarding the types dentures available as well as related products, to empower you to make an informed decision.  It is important that you do as much research as possible and get equipped, to arrive at the right solution for your needs. This website endeavours to guide you with information to assist you as denture consumer, to make rational choices.

Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and restores your ability to eat, talk and smile and also to reduce potential problems caused thereby. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with teeth either side of the gap growing into the space at an angle. Sometimes, all the teeth need to be removed and replaced. When teeth are lost due to injury, tooth decay or gum disease, bone loss usually occurs, which impacts your denture experience. This can result in the denture becoming loose, which may cause difficulty in stabilization of the denture, decreased chewing ability, and deterioration of the oral structures over time.

In most countries, you can either see a Dentist or a Denturist to have your dentures made and fitted. The difference between a Dentist and a Denturist (in terms of producing dentures) is outlined below.

  • A Dentist – will take measurements and impressions (moulds) of your mouth as a clinical go-between, and then order your dentures from a dental laboratory, where a dental technician will make the denture according to instructions received (or lack thereof), without the benefit of communicating or seeing the consumer for whom the denture is custom-made.
  • A Denturist – will likewise take measurements and impressions (moulds) of your mouth and then personally make and provide the required dentures directly as a Prosthetist, in constant consultation with you, the denture wearer.  You don’t have to see your Dentist first (although you should still have regular check-ups for your natural teeth with your Dentist).

As an oral health-care practitioner, Denturists offer various types of dentures to satisfy each patient’s specific requirements. Denture wearers commonly have concerns about denture satisfaction and denture issues related to:

  • Options of denture design and denture types
  • Aesthetic appearance
  • The effect on your taste sensation
  • Mastication functionality
  • Comfort of wearing
  • Retention of dentures staying in place
  • Oral hygiene, denture cleaning and denture maintenance
  • Cost of treatment and lifespan of materials available

This type of personalised information could best be assessed by a practitioner who is specialised in this field, an expert who will personally custom-make your denture according to your individual needs and requirements and also do the clinical procedures, provide individualised denture information and follow-up recall. At the moment Denturists (Clinical Dental Technologists) are not recognised in South Africa yet, and may not be deployed until regulations are promulgated for the training and practice of Denture-dedicated Professionals. As a Consumer, you may also add your voice for freedom of choice, to speed up the deployment of such denture experts to serve you in future.