Dentures and Partial Dentures
Are you missing teeth? You don't have to go through life with a gap in your smile. There are many tooth replacement options available – one of the most common being dentures. Dentures are artificial teeth that you can remove.
At Painfree Dentistry, we offer flexible dentures that make dentures more comfortable and durable than ever before.
If you’ve been living with loose dentures that slip and move when you eat or talk, dental implants from Painfree Dentistry in Parramatta can help to stabilise and retain your denture, giving you added support compared to regular dentures.
If you are missing teeth but have enough bone remaining, an implant-supported denture can give you the best of both worlds: keeping your dentures held in place while you’re chewing or talking while also letting you easily remove them for cleaning.
Not everyone is suitable for dental implants, but this can be discussed during your initial evaluation with Painfree Dentistry in Paramatta. The procedure for implant-retained dentures does take several months to complete.
Depending on your individual situation, implant-supported dentures may be the ideal way to give you a stable, attractive and complete smile. Alternatives to implants attached to dentures include permanent fixed crown and bridgework.
What Is a Partial Denture?
A denture is a tooth replacement appliance that you wear in your mouth. It is a removable device that will fill in the gaps in your teeth while supporting your lips and cheeks. Support is needed because if missing teeth are not filled in, your face can sag and alter your appearance – often making patients appear older.
A partial denture is recommended for patients who have lost teeth but have some of their own natural teeth left. The denture will have a base that is the colour of the gums, and then artificial teeth will be attached to it. These dentures use clasps to hold the denture to the existing teeth.
What Partial Dentures Are Available?
Chrome – Chrome and metal dentures are solid and durable. These have been reported to be stronger and more comfortable to wear than acrylic ones. That is a personal choice, and it can be discussed with the dentist. Clasps are used to hold the denture in place. If you are allergic to metals there are other options available, and the dental team will discuss this with you.
Acrylic – To create acrylic dentures, artificial teeth will be attached to an acrylic base. Clasps will hold the denture in the correct place.
Flexible – Flexible dentures are very comfortable to wear. One of the reasons for this is because there is no need for a metal clasp. The dentures will grip the gums. Dentists will recommend this type of denture if you have one or a couple of teeth missing.
Clear clasp – This is an option for patients who do not want metal to be seen on the front teeth. A white or clear clasp can be used so the denture looks more natural.
At Painfree Dentistry, we offer a wide range of affordable dentures and denture care. We can work together with you to fit the dentures, repair the dentures, clean the dentures and more. Our dentists can give you strong and durable dentures that will look great and last years.
Over time, dentures can chip, fracture and the artificial teeth can be lost. This is easily fixed, and your dentures can be successfully and efficiently fixed. The dentures will still fit comfortably and will look as good as they did before. You do not have to worry about denture repairs; you can wear your dentures confidently and know that any issues are easily fixed.
Over time, your mouth and gums can change and shrink. There are many reasons why gums shrink, including aging, tooth loss, bone loss and illness. These changes can mean that a denture you had fitted may not fit as well as it did before. This is an issue that can be easily fixed. At Painfree Dentistry, we offer denture relines.
Denture relines used when a denture no longer fits as well as it should. This can happen when the gum and bone shrinks. The shrinkage occurs with age and over time. It causes a shape change in the ridges that support the denture.
There are two types of denture relines. One is a hard reline, and the other is soft. A hard reline involves putting a soft putty inside the denture. Then the denture will be placed inside the mouth, and the gums will mould the putty into shape. The putty is then removed, and a replica of the new gum shape is created. Then the replica is fitted to the denture permanently.
The soft reline is the same, but a different putty is used. The soft putty is more flexible and is like rubber material. This type of relining is used for patients who experience soreness from wearing a denture.
There are some cases where reline is not an option if the denture is too damaged or old and worn to be fixed. Your dentist will discuss this with you if that is the case.
Flexible dentures are made of thin thermoplastic material such as nylon. This creates a sleeker design when compared to the regular thicker and rigid dentures.
The many benefits include:
- When dropped, flexible dentures are less likely to break. This is because they are not as brittle as other dentures.
- Flexible dentures do not need metal claps to hold them in place; these also do not need an adhesive
- The materials used provide patients with a solution if they are allergic to thins, such as nickel or resin.
The complete denture process can take around several weeks. You will need to attend appointments over this period. During your dental appointment, we will make impressions and measurements of your teeth.
These will be used to create your own custom denture. During your final dental appointment, the dentures will be adjusted so you can have a natural-looking and comfortable denture.
When you first start wearing dentures, you may notice the appearance of some extra saliva. You may also feel a little soreness, and it may take a while to get used to speaking and eating. All these effects will disappear as you get used to the dentures.
To ensure your dentures last, Dr Alam will discuss with you how best to care for them. You will be guided on how to clean your dentures properly and how to keep up a good dental hygiene routine.