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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