Dentures are removable replacement teeth that can be used to replace several or a full set of missing teeth. Whilst dentures have developed to become more natural-looking and comfortable than they once were, patients still face many challenges when wearing removable dentures.
Even with well-fitted and expertly-made dentures, some patients may not be able to adapt to wearing their replacement teeth and will require dental implant treatment to assist with retention and support. With the advent of dental implants and their superiority in comfort and functionality, dentures are generally only considered as a cost-effective alternative or in instances where dental implants may not be suitable.
A denture consists of replacement teeth that are attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base. There are two different types of dentures available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing in a dental arch, whilst partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A removable partial denture can be used when one or more teeth are missing in the upper or lower jaw, and will connect to your existing teeth via clasps that hold the replacement teeth in place.
In some cases, both complete or partial dentures can be fitted at the same time as teeth are extracted – these are known as immediate dentures. However, due to the bone and gum resorption that often occurs following tooth removal, immediate dentures often require numerous adjustments after the initial fitting. They are therefore only generally considered as a temporary solution until conventional dentures are fabricated.
Yes! Dental implants can be used to support definitive bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges bare closer resemblance to the feel of natural teeth, and can often be placed without compromising surrounding teeth or gum tissues. As a result, dental implants are becoming the preferred alternative tooth replacement option. However, not everyone is a candidate for implants.
If you are looking at dental implants or alternative tooth replacement options, make an appointment today. Aria Dental will provide both a dental and financial assessment to assess your eligibility and options.
Our tooth replacement services offered to patients from anywhere in Western Australia. Due to our Perth CBD location, we are particularly accessible for patients in West Perth, East Perth, South Perth, North Perth, Subiaco and surrounding suburbs.