Dentures and Missing Tooth Solutions
Everyone deserves to smile with confidence, but when you have missing teeth that may not be a reality.
Tooth loss impacts nearly half of adults, but the true effects may not be noticeable until months or years down the road. Even if your tooth isn’t visible when you’re smiling, that space can begin to lose bone and cause other teeth to shift out of alignment.
Fortunately, our Brighton and Ferntree Gully patients can enjoy customized denture services to strengthen and preserve their smile’s status.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are customised by our Dentists to fit your mouth, after being produced in a Melbourne-based Laboratory by a Dental Technician or Prosthetist. Even the highest quality dentures will feel a little irritating at first as you adjust to how they feel in your mouth and may cause bleeding gums, swelling and ulcers. You may need to return to our Dentists for minor adjustments as you get used to your new Denture.
It is still important to see your dentist regularly, even after your dentures fit comfortably in place, so we can check to see that they are fitting you correctly and remain beneficial to your Oral Health. Regular check-ups, as recommended by our Dental Professionals is usually all that’s required. During these appointments, we will monitor your overall Oral Health, including the cheeks, tongue, gums and palate.
There are three main types of dentures:
Partial Dentures — When a few teeth in a row are missing, a partial denture makes it possible to replace all of them at one time when a bridge isn’t an option. Partials clip around your neighbouring teeth, so that entire “plate” isn’t needed across the roof of your mouth.
Full Dentures (“Plates”) — To replace all of the upper or lower teeth at once, a full arch denture is typically the most straightforward solution. Dentures fit against the gums and follow the contour of the jaw, using suction to keep them in place. Although they can take some getting used to, traditional dentures are one of the most affordable tooth replacement treatments available.
Implant Supported Denture Options — Did you know that it’s possible to anchor a full denture on top of dental implants for added stability? Implant overdentures can be permanently affixed into place, or removable for convenience sake. In some cases, dentures can also be retrofitted to snap over implant abutments to provide additional security and comfort. As few as four implants may be necessary.
Which type of denture or partial denture is right for you? Our attentive Brighton and Ferntree Gully dental teams are happy to answer all of your questions. Call today on (03) 9752 2694 to schedule a consultation to learn more.