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Dentures

ARE DENTURES RIGHT FOR YOU?

Dentures, also commonly known as false teeth, are prosthesis constructed and worn to replace missing teeth. Dentures are either removable or fixed. You may be considering of getting dentures to replace some or full set of missing teeth.

Dentures can be made to replace a full set of missing upper or lower teeth – we commonly refer to this as a full denture. It can also be made to replace some missing teeth – we refer to this as a partial denture.

TYPES OF DENTURES

A conventional full denture is constructed of a resin base and acrylic teeth, supported by your bone and surrounding tissues.

A partial denture is constructed of either conventional resin base, flexible resin base (valplast), or cobalt chromium base, with acrylic teeth. The base is supported by your bone and surrounding tissues including remaining teeth. Additional support with clasps on remaining teeth either rod wire clasp, cobalt chromium clasp, or valplast flexible clasps, are commonly used to help retain denture.

Nowadays, dentures may also be fixed to your bone with the help of dental implants. These dentures can either be constructed from the conventional resin base and acrylic teeth or full ceramics fixed to dental implants.

Full Denture, Dental plate on black background

Unstable lower denture? You may want
to consider an over-denture.

*Lower full “over-denture” fixed onto to dental implants with locator attachments aid in stabilizing lower denture.

What is an immediate denture?

In the event of the removal of a single tooth, or the removal of all remaining teeth, patients may choose to replace  teeth with an immediate denture.  This denture is usually made ahead of time and inserted on the day the teeth are extracted.  This is important in highly cosmetic areas, for example the loss of a front tooth, and also to maintain function in the event the patient is replacing a full set of teeth. Immediate dentures will often require a reline following extraction and healing.

Mandibular fixed restoration with two implants.  3D illustration of dental prosthesis on white background. Dental prosthetic innovation.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN GETTING DENTURES MADE?

Your dentist will first need to carefully examine the health of your gums, the remaining teeth if present to check the condition of existing fillings and presence of decay and finally assessing where the missing teeth are and how it affects your occlusion (bite). It is important that the underlying gums and teeth are in good condition to retain your dentures. Your dentist will be able to then recommend the suitable types of dentures to suit your needs.

You will need several appointments for the construction of the denture. Once you are ready to proceed, we will start with taking an initial mould of your teeth. From this mould we will proceed to fabricate a “trial denture”, with the teeth set up in a wax block.  Once you are satisfied with the fit, the occlusion (bite) and appearance of the teeth used, the trial denture will be finished at the laboratory. One final fitting will be required in the chair to insert the denture and ensure that you are comfortable with the fit of the new denture.

Partial removable immediate-denture type Butterfly. Replacement of one missing tooth 3D illustration
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