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Dentures

A denture is an artificial substitute for missing natural teeth and adjacent structures.

A dental prosthesis that replaces all the natural teeth and their associated maxillary and mandibular structures are known as full dentures. Full dentures, or complete dentures, are a removable prosthesis that is custom made, to replace missing teeth thus they can help return your chewing function, fill out your appearance, and leave you feeling more confident to smile.

The traditional full denture is held in the mouth by forming a seal with the gums. The denture teeth and base are normally made from acrylic.

Partial dentures are similar but only used to replace some teeth, whilst a complete denture is a replacement for the full set. A removable partial denture replaces one or more, but not all, of the natural teeth and associated structures and is supported by the teeth and or soft tissue gums.
Partial dentures can either be made with a plastic/acrylic base or a metal framework that supports the number of teeth that need to be replaced. It is held in the mouth by using clasps and rests that are carefully adapted around the natural teeth. The partial denture that uses a metal framework is the traditional design, due to the rigidity and strength of the metal. Recently, however, various materials such as Thermoplastics have been developed to provide durable, flexible alternatives in certain situations.

The process of making a new set of dentures starts by taking a series of impressions or molds of the oral tissues that will support the denture with a set of stock impression trays, we then will use these impressions to make models of your mouth. The prosthetist will then start making the dentures on these models and transferring them to the patient’s mouth at each step to ensure proper fit, establish a proper bite, and ensure that the appearance and aesthetics of the denture are desirable. The patient will generally need to be seen by the prosthetist once a week for about 4 to 5 weeks until the denture is complete. The patient may need to return occasionally during the first month after the denture has been fitted to have adjustments made as the soft tissue may rub against the hard acrylic in some areas where there is movement.



IMMEDIATE DENTURE

REPAIRS / RELINES

MOUTHGUARDS

DENTURE CARE

USE OF DENTURE ADHESIVE

IMPLANT RETAINED OVERDENTURES


08 9403 4411

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1/64 Marina Blvd, Ocean Reef


Immediate Denture

An immediate denture can often be made so that the patient has something to wear the same day the teeth are removed/extracted. This type of denture is made before the teeth are extracted and is put in place the day the teeth are removed. This type of denture doesn’t fit the bone and gum tissue as intimately as a conventional denture, so it requires more adjustments/ relines during the healing stage. An immediate denture is best used as a temporary appliance until a conventional denture can be made after all the tissue and bone healing is complete.

Plastic partial dentures have normally been used as emergency or temporary replacements of missing teeth, allowing the gums and bone to heal before a definitive restorative solution is attained.

Repairs / Relines

Keep your smile looking natural and fresh with regular check-ups and insure that your dentures fit perfectly, without discomfort or irritation to your mouth.

Dentures need to fit closely against your gums and ridges to get maximum suction for the best fit, comfort for eating and talking. Even if the teeth colour and condition are perfectly fine, a reline or rebasing might be needed to put a new base on your denture and improve the fit and comfort.

Today, denture materials are far more resilient than ever before, but sometimes, either from age or due to a hard fall, you can break or damage your dentures. If you break or damage your dentures, please do not try and repair them yourself using household glues as these may complicate the repair process, rather call us for a professional denture repair services.

As part of our services, we offer denture care and repairs and encourage patients to make regular appointments to our clinic for denture maintenance.

Mouthguards

Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth and are most often worn during sport where impact to the face or jaw may cause harm. The better a mouthguard fits your teeth and mouth, the better it will be able to protect you – reducing the chance of chipped, broken teeth, tooth loss, reduce injury to the lips, gums and jaw and may help reduce concussion.

Custom mouthguards made and fitted to the exact contours of your mouth are safer, better fitting, more comfortable to wear and thus more effective than the off-the-shelf boil-and-bite model mouth guards.

Denture Care

Denture care is more than just daily cleaning but involves regular denture check-ups with Align Dentures to ensure that your dentures are fitting and functioning correctly thus improving your smile and quality of life.

Dentures must be handled with great care and placed in a container of water or denture cleaner when not being worn. They should never be placed in hot water, for they can be damaged or warped. They must be cleaned daily using a soft toothbrush or denture brush and soap and water. They may also be soaked in a commercial denture cleaner to help with cleaning.  The mouth should be brushed, cleaned and rinsed daily without the dentures in place to clean off any plaque, help improve blood circulation and reduce the risk of infections, like candidiasis. There are a lot of different denture products that can be purchased at any pharmacy to help with caring for and cleaning dentures.

Should you use denture adhesive?

Denture adhesive is a paste that helps the denture adhere to the supporting tissues instead of relying on suction, pressure and clasps. A small amount of denture adhesive can be applied to the clean surface of a denture to enhance stability and retention. It shouldn’t be used to compensate for a poor-fitting denture or as an alternative to visiting a dental professional for regular check-ups.

Implant Retained Overdentures

An implant retained overdenture is a removable denture that is supported by and attached to implants which have been surgically placed in the bone of the jaws to act as an artificial tooth root, where as a standard full denture will rest on the gums and is not supported by implants.

An implant retained overdenture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. These dentures have special attachments inserted into the denture that snap onto locators on the implants.

Implant retained overdentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular lower dentures tend to be less stable causing more problems due to movement and usually need at least two implants for support placed in the front area. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped (the “male” attachments), and they fit into sockets/locators (the “female” attachments) using replacement resilient caps in the denture.

A regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is normally more stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can have an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

You still need to remove an implant retained overdenture daily to clean the denture and gum area, maintaining proper hygiene is vital to the success of an overdenture, helping it last longer and function properly. As with regular dentures it is recommended that you should not sleep with the implant retained dentures at night.