Aria Dental Perth offers a range of denture solutions. Our Prosthodontist Dr Michael Zaninovich is a specialist in dental prosthetics such as partial and full dentures. He will ensure your dentures are of the highest quality, fabricated from the best materials and expertly fitted to allow you the best opportunity for adaptation.
Benefits of Dentures
The presence of teeth helps provide a natural facial appearance and can potentially help to increase one’s self-confidence.
They can provide support for the lips and cheeks which can often take on a ‘collapsed’ appearance in patients with missing teeth.
The ability to adequately chew food suffers if teeth are lost and can be improved by wearing dentures.
All dentures are finished with high-impact very natural looking acrylic teeth, improving the overall facial aesthetics.
Considerations When Selecting Dentures
There are certainly many challenges faced when wearing removable dentures. Even with excellent-fitting and well-made dentures, some patients may not be able to adapt to wearing them and will require dental implant treatment to assist with the retention and/or support.
With the advent of dental implants and their superiority in comfort and functionality, dentures are generally only considered as a cost-effective option or in instances where dental implants may not be suitable.
A complete denture is used to replace all missing teeth in a dental arch.
It consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base.
There are many variables that can affect the success of complete dentures:
- Tenderness of gum tissues and sore spots. This is easily resolved by adjusting the dentures in the “high” spot.
- Shrinkage of jaw ridges following extractions, resulting in inadequate support and/or retention. This means the denture will become looser. This occurs with immediate dentures (after extractions) and means the denture needs to be relined.
- Musculature in the tongue, floor of the mouth, cheeks, which may not adapt to the new protheses.
- Excessive gagging reflexes as the mouth adapts to the new dentures.
- Excessive saliva or dryness of the mouth.
Complete lower dentures are commonly problematic and are largely being superceded with the advent of dental implants.
Types of Dentures
A denture or a ‘removable prosthesis’ is a removable plate used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
A removable partial denture is used to replace one or more missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
It usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base, which is connected by a metal framework and clasps that hold the denture in place.
The clasps attach to your existing teeth.
Removable partial dentures are not without their problems.
The natural teeth used as anchors for the denture may become sore, tender and/or mobile as ridge support changes during healing, particularly if teeth have been recently extracted.
The anchor teeth may decay or erode around the clasps.
Therefore regular check-ups are advised to allow early detection and treatment.
Partial dentures have been a traditional solution to replace missing teeth.
However with the advent of dental implant technology considerably more satisfactory options are now available.
You may discuss these with your dentist.
Immediate dentures can either be complete or partial dentures.
It is a denture that is fitted at the time of tooth removal, whether a single tooth is removed or an entire arch of teeth.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be fitted as soon as the teeth are removed.
As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, your bone and gums will shrink during the first few months following tooth removal.
Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require numerous relines and adjustments to fit comfortably during the healing process.
They will require a permanent reline once the bone and gums have healed and stabilised, and in some cases, a new conventional denture may still need to be fabricated.
Immediate dentures should therefore only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Are there Alternatives to Dentures?
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 more closely resemble the feel of natural teeth. Dental implants are becoming the preferred alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants.
So, if you are looking at your options regarding teeth replacement and/or dentures make an appointment today. Aria Dental will provide both a dental and financial assessment for your situation.
Our denture services are offered and used by patients from anywhere in Western Australia. In particular and because of our Perth CBD location we are easily accessible for patients in West Perth, East Perth, South Perth, North Perth, Subiaco and surrounding suburbs.