For some, Dentures are the most suitable option in having their dental work carried out.
They replace the missing bone and gum to increase your facial support, give you back your smile and help you chew with confidence.
Dentures are individually designed to suit your smile and face structure. By using the best teeth and gum work available, a fantastic natural result can be achieved.
Types of denture
An acrylic denture which replaces all of the teeth and is supported by the gums and the palate.
An acrylic or metal-based denture which replaces some of the teeth. The existing natural teeth help the denture to stay in place securely.
Advantages of dentures
They are economical.
They can look very natural.
They can be extremely retentive, particularly if combined with precision attachments on teeth or implants.
Disadvantages of dentures
Any instance of progressive bone loss will result in a loose denture. The denture will then need to be remade or replaced over time.
Loose dentures can be uncomfortable to wear.
As full dentures cover the palate, this can alter taste sensations.
The success of full dentures depends upon the amount and quality of the ‘ridge’ (gum and supporting bone they are fitted to. If the ridge is ‘floppy’ or deficient, it can be difficult to retain the denture. Lower dentures can be particularly difficult to retain. Dental implants can help overcome these problems by securely attaching to the denture.
This type of denture covers some or all of the teeth. Special attachments can be used to help secure the denture to prevent unwanted movement.
-Good retention can be achieved.
-Improvement in function over normal dentures.
-Can look very natural.
– The long term success depends upon the client’s supporting teeth.
– Progressive bone loss (in the areas without teeth) will result in a loose denture over time, requiring the denture to be remade and replaced.
– Price can vary depending upon complexity.
Implant retained dentures
This is a removable denture, which is retained by dental implants. It is very sturdy and will not fall out. Although the number will vary case to case, the upper jaw needs four evenly spaced implants in order to support, and in the lower jaw a client will need two or three. The denture is retained by the implant and by a press-stud like attachment.
Less expensive than fixed implant restorations.
Easy to clean and maintain.
Reduces / removes the need for bone and gum grafting, as missing gum tissue is replaced by gum-coloured acrylic.
Different levels of retention can be produced in the press-stud attachments.
Some people do not like the idea of a removable restoration.
The nylon press-stud attachment will wear over time and need to be replaced. The frequency is variable, however this is very easy to do.