Are you searching for a dentist who specialises in dentures in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens?
Dentures offer patients with tooth loss a way to regain oral function and a natural-looking smile again. The loss of teeth can severely impact one’s confidence and social life. Missing teeth also make it challenging to maintain a balanced and healthy diet or speak clearly. Many feel embarrassed about their appearance and have learned to stop smiling. As the passage of time continues, further tooth loss could result in the collapse of facial features and increased wrinkling around the mouth.
Types of Dentures
There are a few different varieties of dentures. The most common types are full and partial. A full denture is used to replace a full set of missing teeth, these can be upper, lower, or both sets. Partial dentures are generally used when 3 or more teeth are missing, where a bridge alone won’t provide enough support. Dentures are usually made from acrylic but sometimes incorporate a Chromium Cobalt metal base for added strength and support.
Full or Partial Dentures
One solution to replace your missing teeth is with a removable partial denture. Replacement teeth are fixed to a plastic base which closely mirrors the colouration of your gums. Using a metal framework, the plastic base is connected to the replacement teeth, which can then be attached to your remaining natural teeth using metal clasps.
Full (or Complete) dentures are dentures that are used when a patient requires all of their natural teeth replaced. These can replace all of a person’s top teeth, bottom teeth or both sets and are usually held in place by suction or with the added help of an oral adhesive. Full dentures are generally made from a flesh-colored acrylic base that comfortably fits over a patient’s gums, and just like partial dentures, complete dentures are easily removable. All dentures are custom designed to an individual patient’s need and made in our dental laboratory with from a digital scan or impressions taken of your mouth.
Your average denture has a lifetime of approximately 5 – 10 years, but this can vary depending upon the patient. During this time, your dentures may need rebasing, relining, or replacing at Platinum Dental. This is due to the strains of daily wear and ongoing changes to your bone and gum tissues as you age.
How does teeth loss affect overall health?
If proper care is taken, then our natural teeth are designed to last a lifetime. If oral health gets neglected, then patients may be at increased risk of infection, that can lead to the loss of teeth. Sometimes teeth can be lost due to developmental issues as well as through accidental injury such as blunt trauma.
Irrespective of why a person has suffered the loss of teeth the end results are almost always the same, so it is essential that a person replace these teeth for the following reasons:
- Missing teeth significantly increase the risk of orthodontic problems
- Teeth loss can lead to jawbone resorption
- The loss of teeth can greatly affect a patients ability to eat hard food items which can affect nutritional intake
- Missing teeth will affect how one smiles and can lead to a lack of confidence
- The loss of more than one tooth can lead to the loss of the supporting bone structure over time. This can cause a patient to look prematurely aged due to the sagging facial skin.
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Benefits of getting dentures
There are many benefits to getting properly designed dentures at Platinum Dental, including:
- Improved quality of life
- Increased nutritional intake by restoring patients ability to eat a wide variety of foods.
- A more youthful appearance, by restoring your teeth, gums, and jaw bone to their original dimensions. Which will help reduce skin sag and wrinkling, allowing for a far more youthful appearance.
- Increased self-confidence, with no more worrying about what people think of your missing teeth, you can laugh and smile again freely around friends.
- Clearer speech, which may also help improve a patients self-esteem as they regain the ability to speak clearly like they used to. There is no more need to avoid social situations because of speech problems.
Getting Fitted for Dentures
Denture fittings involve a full evaluation of your gums and jaw by our dentists. A mould is taken of your jaw for the function of creating a practice model. Our dentists will allow you to try on the practice model, which gives them the chance to make alterations before creating your real dentures. During this process, you will decide on both the gum and tooth colours to be used in the denture as well as both the shape and size of the teeth to be used. Platinum Dental will ensure that your dentures are aesthetically pleasing to you.
When your real dentures are ready, you will return to have them fitted. The correct fitting is essential in providing good function for the denture and reduces the chance of irritation, slippage, or discomfort such as a gagging sensation. It may take a couple of visits to get the fit just right.
There is often a short learning period when you receive your denture. Producing more saliva than usual is expected, and speaking and eating will feel strange for the first few times. It’s all a matter of practice until eventually, it becomes second nature to you.
Maintenance Tips for Dentures
After you get your dentures at Platinum Dental, you will need to maintain good oral hygiene by keeping your gums and dentures clean. It is crucial that you brush them daily just like you would your normal teeth. If you have removable dentures, they will need to be stored overnight in a denture cleaning solution or water so that they don’t dry out. It is important to note that as we age, so the shape of our gums and jaw bone changes, if your dentures begin to feel loose or uncomfortable it could be a sign that you need a checkup for them to be adjusted or replaced.
For more information about dentures at Platinum Dental, please feel free to call our office or email us.
Loss of jaw bone structure is common within the first 6 months of starting to wear a denture. If you have previously worn a denture for a number of years, then you will likely already know about this. This loss of jaw bone structure can lead to the denture not fitting as well as when you first received it due to the underlying support structure changing.
As you age your mouth also naturally changes which can sometimes affect the fit of your full or partial denture. If your denture needs adjusting Platinum Dental recommends that you do not adjust it yourself because you can harm both the denture and yourself. If your denture needs adjusting or if it breaks, chips, cracks or a tooth comes loose, then book an appointment at Platinum Dental, and we will ensure to repair it for you.
We provide the best available dentures to help restore your smile, oral function, and confidence. If you would like to discuss what Platinum Dental could do for your denture needs, then please call us today.