Full and Partial Dentures at Larkham House

Lady wearing larkham house dentures

What are full or partial dentures?

Dentures, or false teeth, are removable prosthesis which help replace one or more teeth which are missing from a person’s mouth. A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments.

Modern cosmetic dentures are now far more comfortable, acceptable and in fact you’d be surprised at how many people are actually wearing dentures without you knowing.

What dentures do we offer?

Our dentists use the latest techniques and laboratory technology in dentures, which look very natural, fit properly and give you back your smile and healthy appearance. Its time to replace your ill-fitting dentures if they come away when you are eating, rub and create sore spots or prevent you from tasting.  We discuss what is important to you and what you wish to achieve out of your denture.

We carry out a thorough assessment of your bite, how you chew, and your natural smile. Taking this into consideration, we will prescribe the most suitable type of denture, depending on your budget and needs, including NHS acrylic dentures, Private acrylic and Cobalt Chrome dentures which don’t cover the palate.

Pros and Cons of Acrylic and Chrome Cobalt Dentures

AcrylicChrome Cobalt
Suitable for most peopleVery Strong and Light
Can be fitted as soon as a tooth is removedIncreased Patient Comfort
Easy to adjust and repairExcellent Aesthetics
Not as strong as Chrome CobaltMore Difficult to Repair
Tend to be larger/bulkier than Chrome CobaltNot suitable for every patient wanting a denture
Can stain and discolour with timeMore expensive than Acrylic Dentures

Are there alternative options to dentures for replacing missing teeth?

Yes, we also offer dental implants which can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Please consult your dentist for advice.

Why bother with Dentures?

An essential step in keeping a healthy smile is to replace teeth which are missing. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can and will change position, drifting into the neighbouring spaces. Teeth which are out of position may actually damage tissues in the mouth. In addition, it may be difficult to clean thoroughly between crooked teeth. As a result, you may run the risk of tooth decay and gum disease (periodontitis), which could lead to loss of further teeth.

A removable partial denture fills in the space where teeth are missing and helps to fill out your smile. A denture helps you to properly chew food, a difficult task when you are missing teeth; a denture may also improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for the lips and cheeks.

Dentures in Plymouth

How do I get used to my dentures?

We will give you specific instructions about how long the denture should be worn and when it should be removed. Initially, you may be asked to wear your partial denture all the time. Although this may be initially a little uncomfortable, it is actually the quickest way to identify parts of the denture which may need adjusting. We can adjust the denture to ensure a more comfortable fit. After making adjustments, we recommend that you remove the denture before going to bed and replace it in the morning.


  • Initially you may find it strange when eating – if so, keep to a softer diet for a few days
  • If your speech is affected then practice talking in front of the mirror or read aloud to yourself when alone.
  • You may notice a slight increase in salivary flow – this is quite normal and will improve with time.
Patient ashamed of needing dentures

How should I care for my dentures?

With good care your dentures should last for many years. Here are some tips to help look after your denture;

  • Always remove them at night to allow your gums to rest
  • Clean your dentures everyday by brushing them with a soft toothbrush and denture cream
  • Store them in water when not being worn to stop them drying out
  • Denture cleaning tablets should be used regularly to prevent stains
  • Brush remaining teeth and gums
  • Attend regular dental appointments

If you do have any problems with your dentures please contact us immediately. It’s important for issues to be investigated early in order to prevent them developing. These could include:

  • Pain or sore spots on the gums
  • Looseness of dentures
  • Clicking in the dentures
  • Bleeding in the gums
  • Bad breath
Dr Graham Adlard, Director at Larkham House Dental Practice

Dr Graham Adlard


GDC 78803
BDS (Lon), Pg Dip ClinDent, MFGDP RCS (Eng)
Clinical educator
NHS Dental Chair for South West England

Special interest in:

To Diploma level.

He also has a interest in:

For which he has undertaken many hours of advanced courses.

Graham qualified from The Royal London in 2000. Following his experience in hospital with Maxillo-facial surgery, community and
general NHS practice, Graham became principal and sole owner of Larkham House Dental Practice. Vivek Giddani became a
director in 2018.

Graham has been a facilitator and clinical supervisor for the Peninsular Dental School from its inception to the present day where it has become one of the leading dental universities in the UK.

Graham is the NHS Dental Chair for South West, overseeing all aspects of primary and secondary care. His ethos is to secure the
longevity of NHS dentistry and improve referral networks.

Graham aims to promote good Oral Health from Bristol to the Isles of Scilly.

What do our patients say about treatment at Larkham House?

Friendly and welcoming

Just wanted to say how impressed I was with the manner of the dentist I saw this morning with our kids. She explained everything she was doing and showed the kids the tools, the practice was friendly and welcoming.

Happy patient

Delighted by the service

I attended this morning and was delighted by the service I received. Dr. Matthew Sadd was both clear, concise and very helpful and I wanted to put my gratitude in writing.


Very friendly and supportive staff

Very friendly and supportive staff – they always think of patients needs and treat all patients as individuals, not the same.


Extremely Caring

Extremely caring, I have been made to feel at ease.

Dental implant patient December

Happy Implant Patient

I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the questions asked were answered and more. I’m a nervous patient, but everyone made me feel so much better and my implant… Read more “Happy Implant Patient”

Implant patient

Professional Treatment

Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease – had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and not have any adverse outcomes.

Implant Patient

A very professional and welcoming team.

A very professional and welcoming team. Clinic very modern and equipped with the latest technology. Would highly recommend a visit.

Amanda H.

Fabulous dentist

As a very very nervous patient and I haven’t visited a dentist for a long time, I took myself and my son here. Fabulous dentist who kept me very calm thank you

Claire F.

Warm welcome

Warm welcome. Friendly professional team. I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you.

Diane B.

Lovely practice

Lovely practice, never run late and never rushed by dentist, feel like the checkup we have is always thorough and honest.

Lyndsey W.

Would recommend this practice to anyone

My families teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone

Joanna C.

Excellent service

Excellent service , they really care about you as a person and your family well being.

Abigail R. S.

Excellent service

Excellent service and jolly good hygienists too!

Debbie C.

Excellent practice

Excellent practice. Hygienist brilliant!

Donna E.
Dentures at Larkham House Dental Practice
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