DO YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO SPEAK, CHEW, OR EVEN SMILE BECAUSE OF MISSING TEETH?
If the answer is yes, then a strong, quality set of dentures may be just what you need to prevent missing teeth from hindering the way you do things.
WHAT ARE DENTURES?
Dentures are custom-made dental prosthetics that are used to replace teeth that have fallen off or have been extracted. Dentures are either full or partial. Full dentures are used to replace all teeth that are missing from either the upper or lower gum. Partial dentures are used when there are only a few teeth missing or when the surrounding teeth cannot support dental bridges. The partial denture sits on the gum line where the teeth are missing and is fastened to the surrounding teeth for support.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENTURES?
There are different types of full and partial dentures available at Trembath Dental. These include:
- Immediate dentures: these are either partial or full dentures that are created before teeth have been extracted. This type denture is fitted immediately after extraction, and then replaced with a permanent denture once your mouth has completely healed.
- Overdentures: this type of denture is made to fit over the remaining natural teeth in order to provide more stability to the denture. The remaining natural teeth are filed down to almost the gum level, and the overdenture is fitted over these filed-down teeth. Keeping some of your natural teeth will help preserve the jaw bone to some degree. These dentures, however, are unsuitable in instances of tooth decay, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene.
- Implant- supported dentures: an implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is attached to dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts, offering the same function as natural tooth roots, that are implanted in the jawbone. These dentures are generally used when there are no remaining teeth left in the jaw, but there is sufficient bone still left in the jaw to stabilise the implants. Implant-supported dentures are generally made for the lower jaw as the upper jaw can support a regular denture on its own. However, you can choose to have implant-supported dentures fitted on both your upper and lower jaw.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH?
Apart from helping you speak and chew more effectively, dentures maintain the structure of your mouth by providing support to the facial muscles which tend to sag when teeth are missing. And if you’ve been holding on to teeth that are severely damaged and have been causing extreme pain and discomfort because you didn’t want to impair your smile with missing teeth- dentures are the perfect solution. The damaged teeth can be removed (eliminating the ongoing pain) and replaced with a much better alternative.
WHAT ARE DENTURES MADE OF?
The teeth of dentures are typically made from acrylic resin, which adheres well to the base of dentures and only requires replacement after a good 5-8 years. Porcelain is another choice of material, which is aesthetically appealing, but tends to wear down the remaining natural teeth when used in partial dentures and is prone to breakage if dropped on a hard surface.
The base/plate of dentures can be made from either acrylic resin, nylon polymer, or chrome cobalt metal. Each material comes with its pros and cons; at Trembath Dental, we will advise you on the best choice of material based on your individual needs and preferences.
HOW ARE DENTURES MADE?
Dentures generally take a few weeks to be made and require several appointments to ensure that they offer the perfect fit. Once Dr Trembath has established which type of denture is best suited for you, he will:
- Take impressions of your jaw, as well as measurements to determine how much space exists between your upper and lower jaw;
- Create models of your denture which will be similar to the denture that is still to be made. You will be required to try on this denture-model a few times in order for Dr Trembath to assess the shape, fit and colour;
- Send the impressions and measurements to a laboratory for the denture to be accordingly cast;
- Call you in for a fitting once your denture is ready. Dr Trembath will then make any necessary adjustments.
If you want to know if you’re a candidate for dentures or to learn more about them, contact the team today.