Partial Dentures

Factors such as disease and physical accidents may cause you to lose some of your teeth. When that happens, one major teeth replacement option you may want to consider is partial dentures.

As the name suggests, partial dentures are made to replace some missing teeth in either or both the upper and lower jaw. People have used partial dentures for years to fill gaping spaces left by missing groups of teeth or a few scattered teeth in either jaw.

A partial denture attaches to the remaining teeth and has two parts: a gum–colored part that blends into the existing natural gum and prosthetic teeth that replace the missing teeth. Partial dentures are used for various reasons mainly:

  1. For aesthetics. Missing teeth tends to disfigure the face. Partial dentures may be required in parts of the mouth where teeth are missing in order to correct or improve the person’s appearance.
  2. Improve chewing ability. Teeth left unsupported after losing others may tend to over erupt or drift sideways. Filling the existing space with a partial denture helps support the remaining teeth and improves the person’s ability to chew.
  3. Support an opposing full denture. If either the lower or the upper jaw has no teeth and a full denture is used while the opposite jaw has some remaining teeth, your dental prosthetist may recommend a partial denture for the opposite jaw for support.

Patients can wear any of the various removable partial dentures available depending on the recommendation of the Dental Prosthetist. Each one of the different types of partial dentures has its benefits and limitations. Your dental prosthetist will make recommendations based on what’s most suitable for you.

  1. Acrylic partial dentures

These cost lowest. They are recommended for patients with significant teeth loss or those who may need to have some teeth extracted because these dentures are easy to repair, reline or modify.

  1. Nylon flexible partial dentures

They are made from thermoplastic nylon. They have a flexible base used to retain them in the socket, so unlike acrylic dentures, they need no metal retainers. Alternatively, they can use clear or tooth coloured resin retainers.

  1. Cast metal partial dentures

These are the thinnest and smallest of all these partial denture varieties. They are stronger and more stable and offer better support for remaining teeth. They can use cast metal retainers, tooth coloured or nylon resin. The metal used in the partial dentures is vitalium which is safe for the mouth.

Overall, a partial denture significantly helps conserve the remaining natural teeth by minimising wear and tear. It does this by distributing the chewing and grinding forces exerted on the remaining natural teeth more evenly. Be sure to discuss your options with your dental prosthetist.

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Full Dentures

If for any reason you lose all or most of your teeth, full dentures may be a viable tooth replacement option for you.

Full dentures are prosthetic teeth designed to fit in the socket within your mouth to help with routine lifestyle activities including chewing/ eating and talking. Normally the loss of teeth tends to impair a person’s speech and wearing full dentures can help correct that problem.

Each full denture is made up of two main parts: a gum part that rests of the existing natural gum and prosthetic teeth that replace the missing teeth. For replacing a complete arch of missing teeth, full dentures can be your most practical choice.

As a total replacement for teeth on the upper or lower jaw or both, full dentures are essentially made to look like natural teeth in all aspects. Though they are artificial teeth and cannot by any means feel exactly like natural teeth, full dentures can provide the most superior dental aesthetics and restore one’s ability to live a complete life by enabling them to enjoy food again.

Full dentures have been used by many people for decades to support the shape of their faces and avoid a sunken facial appearance. Full dentures exist in different types, namely:

  1. Conventional dentures

These are regular full dentures. To acquire conventional full dentures, your dental prosthetist has your real teeth/tooth that requires being extracted at least 8 weeks in advance of him making the dentures. This time is necessary to allow your mouth tissues to heal from the extraction before the denture can be fit.

  1. Immediate dentures

These are full dentures that are inserted immediately following the removal of your natural teeth, on the same day. They are temporary dentures that ensure you don’t go around toothless during the approximately 8 week healing period – while you await your full dentures.

  1. Over-dentures

These are dentures used for patients who still have implant-supported teeth or a few natural teeth remaining in good condition. They depend on the existing implant-supported or natural teeth for stability – so you don’t have to undergo any extraction to have them. Over-dentures are designed to simply snap into place where teeth are missing.

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Emergency Denture Repair

Emergency – Same Day Denture Repair

Same day dentures, also referred to as one-day dentures are partial or complete dentures that are required to be repaired.  You might have a denture that’s broken, cracked, tooth fallen off, lost tooth or the dog has gotten hold of it etc.  We have a model prepared, repaired or a tooth added, cured, brushed, polished and put back into the mouth on the same day.

If you have an emergency – same day denture then that will be your only visit you’ll need in order to have your denture repaired. You’ll essentially walk out of the Dental Prosthetists office with your new repaired denture(s) in the mouth.

The Dental Prosthetist usually has an onsite laboratory that’s fully equipped for repairing dentures on the day of your visit, as you wait.

Same day denture repair involves assessing the condition of the current denture, taking the wearer’s measurements and then repairing the denture, curing it, brush it and polish it, then inserting the prosthetic teeth back into your mouth within a couple of hours.

As an experienced dental prosthetist, it takes only about one hour to repair a denture. Nonetheless your Dental Prosthetist will advise you on exactly how long the work will take after assessing the extent of the damage on your denture. More serious damage may take slightly longer time to repair.

What does the repair process involve?

Same day denture repair involves making a mould of your damaged denture, adding strengtheners to it to repair it, adding prosthetic teeth and then curing the denture. Your Dental Prosthetist will decide on any of these after assessing the damage to see what’s required.

Dental technicians are often on hand to help with areas that need their input such as in cases where your dentures are broken. The denture prosthetist will fix the broken dentures in the dental lab while you wait – you will be offered a drink of water to keep you refreshed during the process.

Note:

emergency-same-day-denture-repair-denture-clinic-perth-tnIn most cases, same day denture repair service requires that you book an appointment with your Dental Prosthetist. Patients who simply walk in without an appointment might have to wait while those with appointments are served first. So to be sure that your Dental Prosthetist sees you immediately as you walk into the denture surgery, be sure to book the required appointment before the visit.

At Direct Denture Care, we offer emergency same day denture repairs. Contact us today to make an appointment for more information.

Implant Overdentures

An implant overdenture is a type of denture that is attached to implants for enhanced support and stability. A regular denture normally rests on the gums without any support by implants.

Traditionally, regular dentures made to fit the upper jaws are sufficiently stable on their own. They do not usually need any additional support to keep them firmly in place. In the lower jaw, however, some people find regular dentures to have less adhesion and the tongue muscle tends to dislodge the prosthetic teeth from time to time. A limited foundation is also a common cause of the problem.

What are overdentures?

These are a newer alternative to regular dentures, which combine the conventional denture technology with new improvements in dental implants.

Two attachments are implanted to the front part of the lower jaw. An overdenture is then able to securely sit in place, instantly increasing stability, its retention and most importantly comfort.

An implant overdenture is generally used when a person does not have any tooth in the jaw but has enough jaw bone to support the implants. Implant overdentures have special attachments that snap onto corresponding attachments on the implants.

You might prefer to have a permanent (fixed) crown and bridgework in your mouth with an implant overdenture. In such a case, be sure to seek your dentist’s recommendation which will be based on consideration of your specific needs and preferences before settling on either a fixed or removable option.

Even though implant-supported overdentures are by tradition made for the lower jaw because normal dentures tend to be less stable there, you can have an implant overdenture in either of the jaws – upper or lower.

implant-overdentures-denture-clinic-perthCare for implant overdentures

Just as with regular dentures, implant overdentures require regular cleaning. You should remove your implant overdenture daily to clean it as well as to massage and clean the gum area. You should avoid wearing the overdenture while sleeping at night.

Overall, an overdenture tends to provide the most effective, long-lasting and satisfying alternative as far as full dentures for the lower jaw are concerned. When considering a complete denture for your lower jaw, be sure to discuss an implant overdenture option with your dental professional.

At Direct Denture Care, we offer Implant Overdentures. Contact us for a free quote or to make an appointment  for more information.

Immediate Dentures

What is an Immediate Denture?

An Immediate denture is a complete denture or partial denture. The immediate denture is made before you get the teeth extracted.  The dentist extracts the teeth and immediately inserts the new denture into your mouth so that you have teeth that are cosmetic to your face.  You have your confidence and smile back, and you do not have to walk around without your teeth for a number of months while your mouth heals.

How do we do Immediate Dentures?

This involves taking impressions of your mouth while your teeth are still present. Models of your mouth are then produced. Your Dental Prosthetist can then do simulated extractions on the models and place the denture teeth as close to your natural placement possible. They may also be able to correct things about the position of your current teeth which are impeding your oral and overall health. When your teeth are extracted your new denture is ready to be inserted by your dentist. In this way, you never walk around without teeth.

How to adapt to Immediate Dentures?

It is essential that you follow the post-operative instructions of your dentist and Dental Prosthetist very carefully and ensure you attend your follow-up appointments. You will have to wear the new dentures for about three days until the swelling and bleeding are controlled.  Soreness is a handicap if you want a well-fitting denture for comfort or tolerance.  The Dental Prosthetist will adjust the teeth if you are sore anywhere.

Ensure you follow the oral hygiene instructions provided by your dentist and Dental Prosthetist. It usually includes a frequent rinsing of the mouth with salty water to help control harmful bacteria encouraging healing of the gums.

Denture reline repair in Perth AustraliaWhat about maintaining Immediate Dentures?

Once healing has occurred, usually, a reline is recommended within six months after the new dentures have been inserted.  If you do not have a reline, tissue may grow into the denture which will cause you discomfort.

The Dental Prosthetist will ask you to clean your new dentures like your own teeth:  twice a day and possibly after meals too.  Use a proper cleaner or if you like, liquid dishwashing soap.  Make sure you rinse thoroughly, though!!  Do not use anything abrasive on your dentures like toothpaste etc.

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Relines

The shape of our mouths is constantly changing, that’s why from time to time you will need to have your dentures relined. On average, dentures need to be checked every two years to ensure a correct fit and it is suggested that a denture is re-lined every 2-3 years.

New Dentures – If you receive your first dentures and once healing has occurred after 3-6 months, you will need a reline of your denture depending if you have immediate and final dentures they should be relined. If a new one needs to be made your Dental Prosthetist will be able to make any changes or adjustments that are required. If a new denture is to be made, you will be able to use the immediate denture as a spare “emergency denture” in now and in the future.

Failure to reline an immediate (or the final fabricated) denture may allow tissue to grow into your denture, causing discomfort and soreness.

You’re always welcome to ask us for an estimate of costs to reline or remake your denture once your mouth and gum has healed. If you have any further questions or require further information regarding immediate or final dentures call us at 9440 1540 for a free consultation or to book an appointment.

denture-reliningA re-line is renewing the fitting surface of the denture where an impression is taken in the denture. The old base is replaced with a new base and therefore, the fit is like a new denture. The re-line will now discourage food from going under your denture. It will also give you comfort and stability in your mouth. Depending on all circumstances, relining can be achieved with cold cured acrylic and tissue conditioner or self-cured acrylic. Using self-cured acrylic will give us the possibility to fix minor defects,  correct extensions or the denture in total.

Most health funds and the Department of Veteran Affairs offer a rebate every two years or at the discretion of the dental professional.

At Direct Denture Care we offer a same day reline service. Contact us to make an appointment or for more information.

 

Denture Repairs

At Direct Denture Care we understand that you don’t want to go without your teeth for any great length of time, that’s why we do emergency denture repairs while you wait.

A repair to a denture may include a lost or chipped tooth in the denture, a clasp or tooth addition, broken clasp, a break in the denture or a fracture etc.

Our dental technicians will:

  • Soak and scrub your dentures
  • Prepare the broken surface
  • Pour fresh acrylic into the join
  • Cure the denture
  • Then finish your dentures with a trim and polish, ready to wear!

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denture repair galleryNo matter how good you are at taking care of your dentures, there are some inevitable factors that can lead to denture adjustment or replacement and even denture repairs. These factors can include the changes that can take effect in your mouth, jaw bones and gums. When this happens, you will need an expert to do the necessary repairs. Never carry out repairs all by yourself as this can damage your dentures more or worse still, it can harm your mouth and teeth.

Certainly, there are various denture repair kits available on the market. However these are often ineffective and a waste of money, causing more damage to your dentures. To be able to have proper denture repairs, you need the help of the professionals. At Direct Denture Care, we have licensed dental prosthetists and qualified dental technicians who specialise in various denture care services including denture repairs at very reasonable rates. We even provide emergency denture repair services because we understand your dentures can get damaged at any time and getting them fixed quickly matters to you a lot.

Tips for Common Denture Repairs

Gone are the days when dentures are only popular among grandparents. Today, dentures or false teeth are also common among younger people. They can help enhance poor dental appearance and boost self-esteem. And with the recent innovations in dental technology, they are now designed to be more natural-looking and comfortable. However, acquiring dentures requires a great responsibility. You need to take good care of them to avoid costly denture repairs.

But no matter how well you look after your dentures, there are still several reasons why they can get damaged or break. Unintentional dropping is one of the common causes of breakage. On the other hand, changes in your mouth over time can also create damage to your dentures. Your jawbone’s shape and size changes as time go by. This can weaken or damage your dentures as they can no longer fit properly in your mouth. Despite these, there are various ways you can prolong the life of your dentures and save money from expensive denture repairs.

Don’t Wear Dentures during Bedtime

Dentures are designed to be mobile. This means you can remove them easily if you wish to. However, for the first few days after they are fitted, you are allowed to sleep with your dentures. After this specified period, be sure to remove your denture before bedtime. Instead, soak them in a denture cleaner overnight. This is in order to avoid the build-up of moisture which promotes ill-fitting dentures.

Handle Dentures with Extra Care

Always keep in mind that your dentures are very fragile and delicate. So you have to treat them like an expensive ornament. When inserting or removing your dentures, make sure to do it cautiously over a sink filled with water. This way, your dentures won’t break if they accidentally slip from your hands.

Observe Proper Dental Hygiene and Diet

Even if you are wearing a full denture, you have to treat them like your real teeth. Clean them using the required denture cleaner. Never use ordinary toothpaste when cleaning them as it is very abrasive. Use a specialised brush for denture cleaning or a soft-bristled brush when cleaning or brushing them. This can help in lessening the need for denture repairs in the future. Most importantly, you have to ensure your mouth is clean before inserting your dentures. Brush your tongue, palate and gums using a soft-bristled brush.

If you only wear a partial denture, make sure to remove it before you brush your natural teeth. Clean thoroughly the teeth that fit under your denture’s metal clasps to prevent the risk of tooth decay. Make a habit of cleaning and massaging your gums on a regular basis. Clean your gums daily by rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water. Additionally, in order to maintain a healthy mouth, eat a balanced diet and observe proper nutrition.

Speak gently

Getting dentures may affect the way you speak in the first few days. But when you get the hang of it, it will be easy for you to speak certain words properly again. You have to be very patient and practice saying aloud and slowly challenging words. Take note that your dentures may move around when you smile or laugh. Just bite them down gently and swallow to get them back in the right place. If you experience this, you have to see your Dental Prosthetist for him/her to make the proper adjustment. Don’t ever try to make the adjustment yourself.

These are just some of the best practices you can do to maintain the effectiveness of your dentures and avoid unnecessary denture repairs. If you follow these easy-to-do tips, you will have dentures that can last for several years before its ample time for a replacement. Observing these practices can also prevent you from getting mouth infections linked to dentures such as cheilitis and stomatitis.

Custom Made Mouthguards

A mouthguard is a plastic device that you put into your mouth to protect your teeth when you are playing a sport.  If there is a risk of injury when you are playing a sport, you require a mouthguard.  From little children to adults and all the people in between, require a mouthguard.  Wear your mouthguard during training as well.  Incidents of hitting the teeth do not only occur during a game!!  There can be a cut to your lips and cheeks, broken teeth, concussion, neck injuries, knocked-out teeth and injuries to your jaw bones or joints when playing the sport that you have chosen.

If you play contact sport it’s vital that you protect your teeth and jaw from injury. At Direct Denture Care, our qualified dental technicians can custom design a mouthguard to fit your mouth perfectly.

By having a mouthguard professionally fitted, it will greatly reduce the chances of tooth damage or painful laceration of lips and mouth. Mouthguards also assist in absorbing the impact which may cause a broken jaw or even concussion, plus breathing is not difficult when wearing a mouthguard.

Our mouthguards are comfortable, easy to wear and offer superior teeth protection, even for children’s teeth. Children are particularly vulnerable to sporting injury and parents should insist on the best possible protection.

Mouth guards are made from heavy duty, flexible, hard-wearing vinyl or laminates. Various mouthguard colours are available and can be custom made to suit your teeth.

Mouthguards are suitable for a range of contact sports including:

  • Collision Sports
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Incidental Contact Sports
  • Basketball
  • Volley
  • Baseball
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding

 

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Injury to your face is severely reduced if a mouthguard is worn.

Remember that just brushing and flossing doesn’t protect your teeth.  A custom-made mouthguard will do the trick.  A dental prosthetist will take an impression of your mouth, a mould is taken of the impression and a mouthguard is made from the mould.  Usually, the dental prosthetist will give you a copy of the mould along with the mouthguard just in case you lose the mouthguard.  It is easier for the dental prosthetist to make another new mouthguard for you without taking an impression.  A rule of thumb is that you get a mouthguard each year that you play a sport.

custom made mouthguardsA custom-made mouthguard makes it easier for you to talk, is more comfortable than other types of mouthguards that you purchase and make yourself.  It is also stronger, the best fit to your mouth and better protection.  The mouthguard is made by your dental prosthetist, usually within 24 hours and prevents the severity of your injury.
No referral is required when you visit a Dental Prosthetist. Direct Denture Care has two clinics located in Balcatta and Hillarys WA. Please call on 9440 1540 to make an appointment.

Mouthguards are subject to generous rebates for eligible patients covered under Dental Health Funds. At both clinics, Direct Denture Care have a fee of $120 for a mouthguard.

With care and protection, natural teeth should last a lifetime, but they require all the help they can get. So please, look after them carefully, and give your teeth a sporting chance. Wear a mouthguard.

New Cosmetic Dentures

If you have lost your natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease or injury, you may require dentures. Dentures are generally made from lifelike resin teeth bonded to a plastic base. A denture can be custom-made to match your natural teeth.

If you have lost your teeth there are a number of reasons why you should consider new dentures:

  • Dentures make it easier to speak, eat and drink
  • Dentures improve your appearance and make it easier to smile
  • Without dentures your facial muscles will sag, making you look older

Dentures made with today’s technology can look so natural that people will not be able to tell that you are wearing dentures. The dentures will take on the character of your original teeth, so therefore you will look the same.

Types of Dentures and Their Benefits

The loss of teeth can affect your self-esteem. Not only that but the process of getting dentures can be a trying one, and it requires the right knowledge so you can get the appropriate dentures and the right fit. Also, you need to know how your Dental Prosthetist will go about the inserting process, assuming that you already have a reliable Dental Prosthetist.

Dentures are replacements for your missing teeth and some of the surrounding tissue. There are two main types of dentures, which we will take a deep look in this website.

  1. Partial Dentures

These dentures are used to replace multiple teeth, but they are sometimes used for single teeth replacement as well. Partial dentures are used when some teeth are present. They are used on young individuals who have suffered from teeth injuries or gum disease. Partial dentures can also be for older people who have lost their real teeth as well. With today’s technology clasps do not have to be attached to go around your real teeth. This is something that you can talk to with your Dental Prosthetist.

  1. Complete Dentures

On the other hand, complete dentures are full dentures, which are mostly used when all of the patient’s teeth are missing. While there are exceptions, these kinds of dentures are commonly used by seniors. They are made after an individual’s teeth are removed, and the gum has started to heal. There are two types of dentures that fall under the complete denture category namely: conventional dentures and immediate dentures.

  • Conventional dentures are made and ready to place in a person’s mouth three months after their teeth have been removed.
  • On the other hand, the immediate ones are prepared earlier so that they can be inserted as soon as the patient’s teeth have been removed. Its main advantage is that you do not have to stay without teeth during the healing period. However, because gums and bones shrink over time, these dentures call for adjustments, especially during the healing period. Immediate dentures ought to be a temporary solution while the conventional dentures are being made.

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dent-img-newDentures are custom made for each and every patient. This is pretty obvious as the anatomy of our mouths and jaws differ. This means you need to attend various appointments with your Dentural Prosthetist so that a perfect set of dentures can be made.

Furthermore, it is worth taking note that even though dentures are not like regular teeth, they need to be cleaned regularly, at least once per day. They need to be removed and washed with a cleaner and a brush. At first, the new dentures will have to stay in overnight, during the adjustment period.

If you reside in Perth and feel the need to have dentures, visit Direct Denture Care for the best denture services. New cosmetic dentures, denture relines, emergency denture repairs or custom mouth guards, you will be surprised by the quality of services they offer.