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Dentures are removable false teeth that take the place of your natural teeth, which may have been lost due to tooth decay or injury, or some other cause. Dentures can be full or partial. What you need will depend on the number of teeth you have lost, or need to have removed.
Dentures are custom-made by our Dental Prosthetist in our dental laboratory. So that the dentures fit your mouth specifically, impressions are made of your teeth and gums. The denture teeth are then moulded out of a resin or porcelain.
Having missing teeth can cause facial muscles to droop, making you look older than you are, and misshaped. Wearing dentures can ensure your face looks the way it is meant to, and will afford you the confidence you've been used to whilst your teeth were intact.
The need for dentures can occur at any age, although most often it occurs later in life. As the need happens, your face shape can change. A correctly fitted denture can help you maintain your facial composition, ensuring you maintain the fuller lips and cheeks that you are used to. You don't need to suffer from discomfort and lack of confidence. Why not contact us to see what type of denture is suitable for you? At Martin Dentist Dentures, we employ a practical and affordable approach to dental care and oral hygiene that brings a brighter smile to your lips. Contact us for an appointment now.
advantages of dentures
Dentures can help patients in a number of ways:
• Mastication: improved chewing ability (by replacing areas without teeth with denture teeth)
• Aesthetics: the presence of teeth provide a natural facial appearance, and wearing a denture to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks, as well as corrects the collapsed appearance that occurs after losing teeth
• Phonetics: by replacing missing teeth, especially the anterior, patients are better able to speak by improving pronunciation of words
• Self-esteem: dentures help patients feel better about themselves
how long should dentures last?
With proper care and maintenance, your dentures should last 6-8 years (both partial and complete dentures). However, your dentures should be reviewed every 6 months for adjustment (this is a complimentary service for our existing patients). Apart from being worn down by use, a denture will not appreciably alter in shape, but the supporting tissue is changing all the time. Therefore, even when your dentures feel quite comfortable, they should be inspected regularly to ensure no permanent damage is being done to the mouth. If ever a sore growth is discovered, you should immediately seek advice. These areas may be quite harmless, but only professional knowledge can evaluate and rectify the situation.
In addition to regular check-ups every 6 months, dentures will normally require relines every two years (depending on the rate of bone shrinkage as the rate varies between people). The lower jaw (mandible) has a resorption rate of up to 4x the upper (alveolar bone).
TYPES OF DENTURES
There are two types of dentures available - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, whilst partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can either be 'conventional' or 'immediate'. Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed (immediately after extraction of teeth). As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures should normally only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made. However, in most cases they can be relined after healing and shrinkage has occurred, and can become a permanent denture. However, depending on the individual rate of shrinkage may require more than one reline in first year, and occasionally remade. (After initial gum shrinkage, please ensure you come in for a reline as irreparable damage can occur if this is not done).
A removable partial denture requires as much attention as full dentures, usually more. Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base; which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This 'bridge' is then cemented in to place.
Partial dentures stabilise and support remaining dentition by taking pressure off isolated teeth and distributing that pressure more evenly amongst natural teeth, and other supportive structures in the mouth. In other words, not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A partial denture is a more cost effective way to replace multiple teeth. You may have also heard of 'crown and bridge'. We do not recommend these as they are generally not a suitable solution, and can be too costly.
The fit, care and hygiene of partial dentures are very important to the well-being of your remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures can trap food, which can decay your natural teeth. Therefore, you should remove the denture after eating to remove all traces of food particles. If the partial denture is a poor fit, it can severely damage the gums supporting your natural teeth.
Partial dentures can be made of different materials, including a metal/acrylic combination, flexible thermoplastics, or acrylics.
Cast metal partial denture
The Cast Metal Partial Denture is a good partial denture option. It is usually a more rigid and permanent style of denture. The metal is either a highly compatible chrome cobalt alloy or titanium, which are both ultra thin, light and very strong. Being stronger and less bulky, it offers the best fit. The Cast Metal Partial is fabricated using a metal framework to which the on-site laboratory will attach higher-grade denture teeth. This partial denture requires two to three weeks to deliver since our special metal framework is made by an outside laboratory.
FLEXI partial denture
The new flexible thermoplastics have the advantage of aesthetics and flexibility. All partials are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment. For the first few weeks, your new partial denture may feel awkward of bulky. You may feel like your mouth is very full and you'll have the impulse to take them out. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. It's important you follow all instructions we give you.
ACRYLIC partial denture
Acrylic partial dentures are usually used as a transitional or temporary replacement of missing teeth, depending on your personal circumstances. Acrylic Partial Dentures are more affordable, but they tend to feel more bulky. The partial denture has an acrylic base upon which the teeth are set and is attached to natural teeth with small metal clasps. The acrylic partial denture is often available the same day, depending on availability.
dENTURE implants - an alternative to dentures
Denture implants are an excellent alternative to dentures. They can replace everything you've lost - from the ability to eat and taste everything you want, to a beautiful smile. Implants are artificially-made replacements for the tooth roots that have been lost. They behave much like real roots; even bonding with the jawbone.
Fixed bridge: with this treatment, your new teeth look and feel just like your natural ones. People will find it hard to tell the difference. Your new teeth are securely fastened to the implants and are removable only by your dental practitioner.
Dental implants are usually more costly than dentures, but the implants and bridges do more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, therefore please contact us for advice.
The Martin DentIST DENTURES Difference - 'quality dentures'
Our Quality Denture is made using three-layered, high-density, opalescence, luminescence, 'portrait quality' denture teeth, which provide the highest natural appearance. Our Quality Denture also offers the highest level of durability and stain resistanace, and we use a leading acrylic gum base for strength, durability and visual appeal. You can select a perfectly matched shade according to your age, type, and cosmetic demands. Your denture is customised to acheive a natural look.
The Quality Denture includes a try-in preview that allows you to approve the general characteristics of your new smile before it is permanently set. You may make changes to suit you, consistent with your dental needs. After you have tried your Quality Denture, our lab will customise and finish your denture in the permanent acrylic base material.
Quality Dentures instil confidence, and provide optimum function while eating, speaking or laughing. Through the use of sophisticated instrumentation, and from the impressions of your jaws, to the specific jaw movements you make; all your facial information is recorded. We can then recreate the character of your smile and restore the natural contour of your lips and facial muscles. Let your smile shine through!