Complete dentures replace all of your natural teeth and associated tissue to restore aesthetics and function.
A full denture usually comprises of acrylic teeth and an acrylic base and takes between 2-4 weeks to construct.
Partial dentures replace one or several of your natural teeth. They are removable and in most cases rely on your remaining teeth for retention and support. Partial dentures can improve mastication and aesthetics as well as prevent remaining teeth from drifting or tilting from their current position. The most common types of partial dentures are made of acrylic, cast metal or a flexible resin.
Acrylic Base partial dentures are often the most cost efficient. Most, but not all will rely on metal clasping on the remaining teeth for retention. Acrylic base dentures can be easily added to, or repaired, if you require further extractions later in the future.
Cast Metal partial dentures are most often made from Cobalt-Chrome; they consist of a metal framework and acrylic teeth. As the framework is metal based they are less bulky and a lot stronger than acrylic dentures.
Flexible dentures are made from an injected thermoplastic nylon resin. The flexibility of this material allows for retention and therefore no metal clasps are required. In addition they are less likely to fracture due to their flexibility and can be made smaller in size than when compared to acrylic base dentures.
For patients who are having teeth extracted and don’t wish to go without teeth, an immediate denture may be the solution.
An immediate denture is made prior to getting teeth extracted and is inserted by your dentist at your extraction appointment. Therefore you don’t go without teeth for any period of time.
After an extraction bone loss occurs in the mouth. The majority of this bone loss occurs within the first three months following the extraction. This often means the denture needs to be relined*, or alternatively a new denture can be constructed and the immediate kept as a spare denture.
*Extra charge for relines
Are your dentures loose or move when you speak?
A reline may be the solution.
Over time the alveolar bone that supports teeth shrinks after tooth loss, this may result in loose dentures. Other factors that may influence the fit of your denture may include gaining or losing weight or the effects of certain medications. Immediate Dentures will require a reline at a minimum of 12 weeks after issue due to gum shrinkage.
A reline involves taking a new impression of your mouth and replacing the base of your old denture with a new lining. This can often be done over the course of the day so you are not without your dentures for long periods of time.
Sometimes dentures may take a fall and break or chip a tooth. We understand this may also be an inconvenience, so we offer a same day service for emergency repairs when you book an early morning appointment. Occasionally cracked or broken dentures are caused by changes in your bite, we will fix this by taking a new impression and correcting the problem.
Mouthguards are worn as a covering to help protect teeth from injury during sports. We design custom mouthguards to suit your sport, age and colour choice. Your mouthguard should be rinsed with cool water following use and stored in a mouthguard box.
Bite Splints are prescribed to prevent problems caused by grinding your teeth together during the night.
Caring for your denture is very simple. After each meal the denture should be removed from the mouth and cleaned with a soft brush and soap. Tooth paste and other abrasive agents should not be used as these may scratch the denture. Soak your denture once a week in a commercial cleanser or alternatively make your own. gallery/lab-ts1565574748.jpg
This solution helps to remove mineral deposit build-up on dentures which occurs particularly in the upper molar region and the inside flange of the lower front teeth. These areas are more prone to mineral build-up as they are adjacent to the salivary glands.
*Please note - you should always clean your denture over a basin half filled with water or a towel or flannel to reduce the likelihood of damaging your denture should you accidently drop it.
It is surprising how many repairs are the result of being dropped whilst cleaning them in the shower!