Have you lost some or all of your teeth? You may benefit from wearing a denture. Teeth play an important role in our life. They help us in breaking down food, aiding in digestion and also help with our speech and aesthetics. Dentures are designed to provide functional support to the oral cavity. Dentures have for long been used by dental professionals to replace lost teeth. The advancement in dental technology has brought out some groundbreaking products which have improved the quality of life of many of our patients from Sandgate, Queensland and surrounding communities. Do you have a query about dentures? Come speak to our dentist. We will help you with the necessary information and the treatment.
Tooth loss and overall health
With proper care we can protect our teeth for a lifetime. When some or all of our teeth are missing, a person’s ability to chew or speak may be compromised greatly, also breathing may be affected, aesthetics can be a problem too. The health of any remaining teeth can be greatly compromised and significant bone loss from the jaws is not uncommon. This directly impacts ones oral and overall health.
How are dentures made?
Fabrication of dentures is a step by step process. When you visit our dental office to get a restoration, we firstly check the status of remaining teeth if there are any. We advise you on any necessary treatment prior to starting the process. Good fitting dentures depends on having a stable foundations for them. Because dentures are so accurately fitting, we don’t want to make dentures on teeth requiring work as if we make the denture first then work on the teeth, the fit of the denture is compromised considerably. After the completion of any treatment, the next step depends on the type of dentures that are recommended for you. Impressions of your dental arch may be taken in order to custom-fabricate your denture. Following are some of the different types of dentures which are available.
This type of denture is supported by the gums, teeth and supporting bone of the patient. The restoration process can take anywhere from 2 to 5 visits. Dentures we make most commonly are either Valplast dentures (usually for 1 missing tooth), or for multiple missing teeth we use either acrylic or chrome dentures. Chrome dentures cost more than acrylic dentures, they are stronger and more comfortable than acrylic dentures.
These dentures are supported by dental implants which gives them higher stability. Firstly implants are inserted in the supporting bone through a surgery. This procedure requires the supporting bone to be healthy. After this phase, a temporary denture can placed over the gums of the patient in such a way that there is no load acting on the implants. The implants are left to heal. During the second phase a permanent denture is fabricated in the lab. It is fixed over dental implants using a supporting mechanism such as bar-retaining or ball-retaining the denture.