Replacing missing teeth with classic dentures are not a forgotten treatment solution. The advent of improved denture resins and aesthetic artificial teeth, their construction has progressed making it possible to recreate a beautiful natural smile.
Integral to the success of these prostheses is the biomechanical engineering design concept and the skills of the denture technician. Each denture is hand-made and customised for each patient. They offer the same expressive characteristics as their natural counterparts and maximum comfort with the least amount of intrusion to your mouth. As with other types of dentistry, if proper time, care, skill and judgement are exercised, a denture that functions well and looks natural, can be constructed.
Dentures are an affordable alternative for missing teeth than full mouth dental implants though often a minimum number of implants are used to help retain and stabilise dentures.
“Natural-lifelike dentures with expressive aesthetics for sophisticated needs.”
What are dentures?
A dentures are removable false teeth that can be taken our and put back into the mouth. Two types of dentures are available, complete and partial dentures. There are two main types of dentures:
Complete dentures – full set, which replace all upper and/or lower teeth
Unlike conventional techniques, today’s complete denture bespoke service includes careful craftsmanship by Akit and his technician during which each tooth is chosen and positioned to conform with your natural symmetry and aesthetic goals. Prior to initiation, as much information as possible is sought not only on your previous denture experiences (good and bad) but also those aspects of your natural dentition, which you would like to reproduce. All complete dentures are fabricated using either traditional heat processing methods or injection moulded acrylic resins, which produce a very accurately fitting denture base, requiring fewer adjustments and offering the greatest strength.
Partial dentures – replace just one or a few missing teeth
A removable partial denture utilises careful cast manufacturing techniques so they fit precisely around and onto remaining teeth. Every partial denture is unique, carefully planned and constructed to meet the criteria set out between the patient and Akit. They usually consist of acrylic teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base, which is connected by a reinforcing chrome alloy metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth via metal or clear resin clasps. The denture is designed in a way to make any metal to be non-visible. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.
Partial dentures have many advantages:
- future addition of teeth can be adapted rather than remaking the denture
- reduced cost over fixed bridgework and implants
- restore oral function and smile
- excellent appearance – replacing ‘white’ (teeth) and missing ‘pink’ (gum) tissue
- helps to improve the outlook of teeth affected by gum disease
What are immediate dentures?
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as any damaged or loose teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures enable the gums and surrounding tissue to heal properly. Immediate dentures are made from acrylic and can be easily modified during the healing process whilst the supporting tissues reconfigure under the fitting surface. As a result of this, they should be considered as a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Immediate dentures can be full dentures or partial dentures depending on how many teeth need extracting. Immediate dentures are usually worn for about three to six months but this can vary according to the individual case.
What are implant overdentures? Why would denture wearers choose implants?
Dentures can be held securely in place by using implants with precision attachments, providing a great improvement from traditional removable dentures. This has really transformed treatment options for the lower jaw, where it is often more challenging to keep a denture in place. More and more patients are choosing this option because of the comfort, fit and confidence and enhanced chewing ability.
- Peace of mind – one of the most common concerns is dentures coming loose, but patients with implant overdentures can rest assured this will not be a problem. The dentures are held firmly in place without the need for any denture adhesives.
- Improved function – the increased stability helps to improve the function of the dentures – you can eat whatever you want and enjoy your food again.
- Aesthetics – implant overdentures are designed to look as lifelike as possible and modern designs look very similar to natural teeth.
- Simplicity – once the implants and dentures have been placed, treatment is relatively straightforward and there is no need for denture adhesive. Maintenance is simple and low-cost.
- Decreased bone loss – dental implants can help to reduce bone loss and therefore preserve the supporting bone in the jaws and facial structures.
How are dentures made?
Impression – A series of highly accurate moulds of the mouth are taken to make models replicating the real-life situation in the laboratory.
Bite – Measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and the space between them are recorded. This allows models of the mouth to be positioned in a jaw simulator to help position the acrylic teeth for optimum bite and aesthetics within a wax framework adapted to fit the contours of your mouth. The “true-to-life” technique incorporates tissue colour mapping using digital photography and individual tooth and gum characterisation.
Try-in – The wax template is visualized inside the mouth for colour, shape, bite and fit. Adjustments are made as necessary. Once everyone is happy with the look then the dentures are processed and finished.
Fit – The dentures are inserted and checked for optimum fit, bite and appearance. Fine adjustments are made as necessary.
Maintenance – Optimum hygiene is essential for maintaining good oral health. While using dentures it is very important to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Dentures require simple hygiene using household cleaning products or special denture cleaners to remove stains and bacteria. Depending on the design of the denture, it may be advisable to remove them at night to allow your mouth to breathe.
Review – New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth. Several days or weeks will be required before you get accustomed to them. Adaptation varies amongst individuals and often time and experience are essential before dentures can be worn comfortably and function effectively. Continued support will be provided to help you adjust to the new restorations.
If you would like to see clinical cases of dentures, please view the gallery.