Partial or Full Dentures?
If your teeth are irreparably damaged, your dentist will have to extract them. This will leave large gaps in the mouth, which will inhibit your ability to chew properly.
To replace missing teeth, you could consider getting a set of dentures or inserting dental implants. Dental implants are more expensive than traditional dentures. Besides, the entire dental implant process takes much longer. Patients thus rely on full or partial dentures to replace their missing teeth.
Dr Jeff Kestenberg has a Masters Degree in Prosthodontics from Melbourne University. This is a qualification recognized by the Dental Board of Australia. Expertise in denture construction was part of Dr Kestenbergs training in Prosthodontics.
Full dentures are ideal for patients who have extracted all their teeth from the upper and lower arches. These dentures mimic the patient’s natural teeth. Permanent dentures are usually fixed two months after the extraction of all teeth. The gums have the time to heal and shrink during this period. In the meanwhile, the dentist will generally give patients an immediate full denture. Immediate dentures are temporary. They’re inserted soon after extraction because they promote quicker healing of the gums.
Immediate Complete Dentures
Immediate dentures are issued to a patient at the same visit as the removal of teeth. Dentists prepare immediate complete dentures before performing surgery on the patient. You’ll need 4-5 sittings at the dentist for the preparation phase. The dentist may also remove teeth located at the back of the mouth before fabricating immediate dentures. This will help in the creation of better fitting dentures. Immediate dentures are not ideal for patients suffering from certain types of oral problems. The dentist will tell you whether you’re a good candidate or not.
Partial dentures are ideal for patients who are missing a few teeth. They’re available as either removable partial dentures or fixed partial dentures. Removable partial dentures contain metallic clasps that grip adjacent teeth. These dentures consist of artificial teeth made out of porcelain or glass-filled resins. Replacement teeth are secured to gum-coloured resins so they look natural when worn. Partial dentures vary in design. The design depends on the number of teeth missing and the location of the missing teeth.
Fixed partial dentures are dental bridges attached to abutment teeth. They consist of replacement teeth and crowns. The crowns fit over the natural teeth, while the replacement teeth fit in the gap left by the missing teeth. Dentists cement the crowns to the natural teeth so patients can’t remove them on their own.
How do Dentures Help?
- They give you better chewing ability. You don’t have to restrict your diet to soft foods after extracting your teeth.
- They improve your appearance. Your cheeks tend to sink in after tooth extraction. You also lose your wonderful smile. Dentures take care of these problems. They look aesthetically appealing and improve your looks by giving you a better smile.
- You can gain your self-confidence back. You won’t be afraid to speak or smile in public once you get used to wearing your dentures.
Family Dentistry Solutions
If you’re thinking about getting dentures, give the friendly experts at Coburg Dental Group a call. We offer both dentures and dental implants. Our modern practice features the latest dental tools and machines. We offer many services including oral cancer screenings, sleep apnoea treatment, and cosmetic dentistry. We also use the latest pain-free injections and tools to perform dental procedures. So if you’re looking for sleep dentistry, stop by our clinic.
We offer competitive rates on dental implants. We also have interest free payment plans and offer on the spot insurance claims. Give us a call on 03 9386 1805 to book an appointment and discuss your requirements.