Types of dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
We offer the following options decided upon after consultation with our team:
Complete / full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing.
Partial dentures are one of the tools we use to achieve a great smile. A partial denture allows you to replace one or more missing natural teeth and associated tissues. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.
A flexible denture is a partial denture, but made of a different material than ordinary partial dentures. Most flexible dentures are made of a thin thermoplastic such as nylon, compared to the thicker, more rigid acrylic used in full dentures. There are no visible clasps on your teeth when you smile, but its design is case sensitive.
Chrome-cobalt partial dentures
Chrome Cobalt partial dentures have a metal base or frame that sits on and around the natural teeth onto which denture teeth are attached by acrylic.
If you’re about to lose your teeth, immediate dentures are an option to recreate your smile as soon as possible after your procedure. Immediate dentures are a transitional denture that are made in advance and are placed as soon as the teeth are removed. You will leave the dentist with your smile intact! You do not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefor immediate dentures require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Implant retained dentures
Implant retained dentures provide a firmer fit by attaching it to implant anchors positioned by an oral surgeon. The denture then fit over the implants to provide stability, increased chewing force, reduced tissue irritations, and decreased bone loss.
All dentures can become loose after 2 to 3 years due to natural bone resorption or weight loss – which varies from patient to patient. In such cases it is important to get your dentures refitted/realigned to reduce any damage on the soft tissue.
For patients with partial dentures, it’s possible to add additional teeth to good fitting dentures, in the event that you undergo additional extractions after your initial denture was made.
The durability and quality of dentures are important features to any denture wearer. The reality is, even dentures made of the best materials need to be repaired occasionally due to the wear and tear they endure every day.
Fortunately we can generally repair around 99% of broken dentures. No appointment is needed to have a broken denture fixed. You are welcome Monday – Friday (excluding Public Holidays) between 08:00 and 14:30 for repairs on your denture/s.
If the denture broke while in your mouth it is important to investigate the root cause and determine if your denture is still suitable for you. In either case make sure you do not:
- try adhesive of any sort.
- try and use the denture as any sharp edges can cause injuries
- lose the broken part/s
Set up an appointment with our dentists so that we can assist you in making the best choice in dentures to suit your needs.
Custom mouth guards/bite plates
Professionally fitted mouth guards greatly reduce the chances of tooth damage or painful laceration of lips and soft tissue during sport. We make mouth guards / biteplates for all ages and different types of activities to keep the teeth safe from heavy impact.