A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. A partial denture fits around existing natural teeth and can improve speaking, chewing and appearance. They can be made out of plastic (acrylic) or metal (cobalt-chrome). A full denture replaces all teeth on one jaw.
Dentures cost is one of the primary concern for new patients. Our team of experienced dentists will give you a thorough exam and provide an optimal solution highlighting procedure and cost associated with dentures.
Types of Dentures
For many years, partial dentures have been used to replace groups of teeth or a few teeth scattered across the lower or upper jaw. There are a variety of removable options available to patients and each one comes with its own set of benefits and disadvantages. All partial dentures attach to remaining teeth and have a zgum-colored portion meant to blend into the existing gum, with prosthetic teeth to replace the missing teeth.
Full dentures are similar to partial dentures in that they are prosthetic teeth and gums used to replace missing teeth. The main difference between full and partial is that full dentures are a total replacement system for either upper or lower teeth and, in some cases, both.
Overdentures are a newer alternative, combining traditional technology with modern advancements in dental implants.
By establishing two implanted attachments to the lower jaw, an overdenture is able to sit securely in place to instantly increase retention, stability, and comfort. This is especially important in lower-jaw full-denture situations where traditional dentures tend to have less adhesion due to a limited foundation and the tongue muscle dislodging the prosthetic teeth.
Another benefit of overdentures compared to traditional dentures is the limited amount of bone loss where the implants are placed, making the procedure more successful in the long run and helping to preserve facial structural integrity.
Overall, when considering full dentures for the lower jaw, anoverdenture should be discussed with your dental professional as it can provide the most effective, satisfying, and longest-lasting alternative.
Traditional full and partial+denture options should be explored, weighing their benefits and pitfalls carefully to find the right dentures for your tooth loss.
What to expect?
It can take several days or weeks to get used to wearing dentures and before an individual feels that a denture is comfortable and functioning effectively. It takes longer if you are a first-time denture wearer and as the number of teeth being replaced increases. Eating will require practice and it is advisable to start with soft food cut into small pieces.
New dentures may also alter the speech and pronouncing certain words will require practice. We will be best placed to advise you on the difficulties you might face following a detailed consultation and evaluation.
Alternatives to dentures can include dental implants and bridges. Sometimes, dentures can be constructed to work in harmony with specially placed dental implants.
At Tower Dental in Balwyn, we offer a range of denture services, including both making new dentures and repairing or adding to existing dentures, call us today.