A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are “false teeth.” they are an excellent choice for tooth restoration if you decide to have your natural teeth removed as you come to a time when you can be better served by brand new teeth than your natural teeth or if you’ve lost all or some of your natural teeth, whether from disease, tooth decay or injury.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
Dentures not only replace your missing teeth but also your smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted with their natural teeth.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for dentures
- Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
- Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
Types of dentures
Standard acrylic dentures
Ideal for: Patients with no teeth or who plan to have all teeth removed.
Benefits: With all teeth removed the mouth is a more stable place for a denture which means greater comfort over time.
A regular denture rests on the gums, and is held in place by suction. These dentures are trimmed to be a comfortable fit and are easily removed for cleaning.
Ideal for: Patients that have no teeth or intend to have all teeth removed to whom life like aesthetics are important.
Benefits: The most accurate and life like match for natural teeth.
Cosmetic dentures are built by hand using premium materials and curing techniques to deliver the most accurate and lifelike restoration of and even improvement of your natural smile. Using staining and glazing techniques that allow for layers of colour to be built up in the tooth and gum coloured materials the finish is natural and lifelike when compared to the more solid colouration of other denture solutions.
Ideal for: Patients that are concerned about going without their smile after tooth extraction during the period when the gum bone resorbs and changes shape before a permanent denture can be fitted.
Benefits: Fills the period between tooth extraction and permanent denture placement with a smile!
This is a temporary smile which allows your gums to heal after tooth extraction. Once your gums are healed we can get a good impression of your gums in their new shape and produce a comfortable fitting denture of your choice. These dentures can be retained as a spare set in case you damage your permanent dentures.
Implant retained dentures
Ideal for: Patients with no teeth or who intend to have all teeth removed and where a semi-fixed denture is more suitable or preferable.
Benefits: As a semi-fixed denture this solution is more stable and feels much more natural in the mouth.
Implant retained dentures are supported by and attached to implants. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
How Does It Work?
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.
Ideal for: Patients who still have and intend to keep some of their natural teeth
Benefits: Combines the thinness of Chrome in areas which are not visible with the aesthetics of gum coloured Valplast to achieve the best of both worlds in terms of fit and appearance.
If you want the best of both worlds, Chrome dentures are thinner and consequently more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth but are made of chrome – which does not blend well with teeth or gums. Valplast on the other hand is visually un-noticeable in the mouth but is slightly thicker than chrome, which means it is more noticeable in your mouth in terms of fit and feel. Combining these two materials allows us to give you the best of both worlds by using the chrome in areas which are not visible but where a comfortable fit is most important and the Valplast in areas which are visible and do not demand thin materials to deliver comfort.
Valplast flexible partial dentures
Ideal for: Patients who still have and intend to keep some of their natural teeth.
Benefits: Allows the patient to keep some of their natural teeth which means no surgical procedures and the flexible gum-coloured fitting .
When considering a removable partial, many people find the Valplast® Flexible Partial Dentures to be a comfortable option, and the final restoration can be made very quickly. While the cost may be higher than a partial made with visible metal clasps, the results of the flexible partial are excellent, and patient satisfaction is very high. The Valplast® Flexible Partial involves only non-invasive procedures, and gives you confidence in your restoration while talking, eating and most importantly, smiling!
Valplast flexible partial dentures cost less than dental implants and dental bridges and they require no surgery or invasive procedures. Compared to traditional metal partial dentures, Valplast® offers better aesthetics, comfort and durability.
You should care for your dentures as you would your teeth. Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque. Even with denttures you should continue to see your dentist on a regular basis.
Furthermore, dentures should be relined every 3-5 years because the bone will resorb (change shape and reduce) which will lead to a smaller gap between nose and chin and increased reliance on muscle rather than bone to support the denture – which actually speeds up resorption. There are many options around how to restore your teeth and your dentist will be the best placed to advise over which is most suitable.
To care for your dentures
- When you take your dentures out, stand over a folded towel or bowl of water. This way if you drop them, they will not break.
- Store dentures in lukewarm water or denture-cleaning liquid overnight. Do not put them in hot water, and do not let them dry out.
- Replace your dentures about every 5 years. Using your dentures daily “wears them out,” and you will need to replace them.
- Clean your dentures every day. Cleaning helps prevent dentures from becoming stained and helps your mouth stay healthy.
- Rinse your dentures to remove loose food particles.
- Wet the brush, and brush your dentures with a denture cleanser such as Polident or Efferdent. Do not brush with toothpaste. It can scratch your dentures. You may be able to use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid. Do not use household cleansers, which may be too rough, or bleach.
- Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage. Use a brush designed for cleaning dentures or a toothbrush with soft bristles. Do not use hard-bristled brushes, because they can damage the dentures.
- Examine your gums daily before you put in your dentures. Let red,swollen gumsheal before you wear your dentures again. If the redness does not go away in a few days, call your dentist. White patches on the inside of your cheeks could also indicate poorly fitting dentures.
- Give your mouth at least 6 hours of rest from your dentures every day. Your mouth heals more slowly as you age and needs time to recover from the friction of wearing dentures.
- Don’t put up with dentures that are too big, click when you eat, or don’t feel good. It takes time to get used to dentures. But if they are still giving you trouble after the first few weeks, talk to your dentist about fitting them again. Don’t try to “fix” your dentures yourself.
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What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks.
Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, colour, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
At Spring Orchid Dental, we take pride in providing highly personalised service to our clients producing the finest quality dentures natural and real. We spend time knowing your needs and the dental products that suits you the most. Your teeth are very important to us as they are to you.
Our dentists possess extensive knowledge of the relationship between the teeth, muscles and bones to come up with dental restorations that improve not only the appearance, but also the overall function of the oral structures ensuring we customize the best smile for you.
Our laboratory support team is equipped with the newest and finest appliances to deliver the most superb service and products. We only utilize what is effective and modern when it comes to technology to ensure that our patients are happy and satisfied. At Spring Orchid Dental, we are not only concerned with improving our clients’ appearance, the material that we use for making your dentures are of the highest quality to provide cutting edge safety, maximise comfort and quality of life.
We also offer other services like denture relining and repair and cleaning. Our dedicated staff is always present to guide you and discuss every possible option.
Denture relines & repairs
As we age, our mouths change and this can cause dentures to loosen. This can cause difficulty chewing and painful rubbing. If you are experiencing discomfort or loose fitting dentures, we can reline and repair to make them work properly.
What Are Denture Relines For?
- Increasing retention of old, existing dentures or new dentures that for one reason or another have lost retention.
- Sometimes this may be due to recent extractions or alterations in the gum tissue due to other surgical procedures.
- Relining of old dentures hoping to avoid the necessity of remaking them entirely.
- Gum tissue conditioning that relies on the gentle action of soft tissue materials, such as soft liners, to allow gum tissue to return to a proper state of health prior to the fabrication of new dentures.
If you have tender gums and/or sore spots, a soft reline can be done which can last a year or two. In this case, the denture is simply relined with a soft, pliable substance that makes it easier to wear the denture without pain. However, this may not always fix the problem as other issues may also be wrong in your mouth. It’s always best to consult the specialist to see what is best recommended for your specific situation.