As a reputable dental clinic in Geelong, we offer a complete range of denture solutions to meet individual patient requirements. At Geelong West Dental, our experienced team of dentists will take the time to understand your needs and conduct a thorough assessment before advising the appropriate denture option. We strive to provide our patients with a comfortable experience and are committed to helping you regain your confident smile.
What Are Dentures?
Known as removable artificial teeth or prosthetic devices, dentures are used to replace missing teeth or tissue. As part of this treatment, your dentist will obtain your measurements prior to moulding a set of dentures tailored to your teeth and gums that are both functional and comfortable.
What Are The Different Types Of Dentures?
Full dentures are recommended for patients who are missing all of their teeth. However, if the patient is missing only a few teeth, then a partial denture may be the ideal solution.
The key factor in making this decision lies in the health of your remaining teeth. Teeth that are infected and damaged by decay might have to be removed.
As the gums and bone take time to heal and consolidate after removal of teeth, patients opting for complete or partial dentures can choose to have immediate or conventional dentures.
Immediate dentures can be given to you immediately after extraction. This way, you will have teeth while the gums and bone heal, be it complete or partial. However, keep in mind that immediate dentures would require periodical adjustment or relining for better comfort after the healing period as bones and gums shrink.
Conventional dentures incorporate subtle details to fit your mouth and bite and can last for many years. These sets would only be fitted following the healing period, as gums shrink and bone remodels after removal of teeth.
Patients will usually opt for complete dentures for replacement of all missing teeth. The base of a full set of dentures consists of a pink acrylic that rests on the gums and is moulded to fit around the dental arches. The upper set covers the palate or roof of the mouth while the lower set is horseshoe-shaped to allow sufficient space for the tongue.
Patients will usually opt for partial dentures if they have a few missing teeth. This procedure has one or more prosthetic teeth that are connected to a plastic base or acrylic with a metal framework and is fitted around the remaining natural teeth to fill in any gaps in the mouth.
How Do I Know If I Need Dentures?
Dentures are an appropriate tooth replacement option whether you have lost one tooth or multiple. The loss of one tooth puts the surrounding teeth at risk and can cause them to deteriorate faster and weaker. Dentures have the ability to prevent the movement of your remaining teeth while keeping your smile intact.
When you lose more than one tooth, your facial muscles adapt to the missing spaces, causing you to look prematurely older. With the option of dentures, you will be able to support your lip and facial muscles besides chewing and smiling.
Benefits Of Dentures
- Improves the overall presentation of your smile
Increases your self-esteem
Maintains facial structure
Easy hygiene measures
Allows comfortable eating
Reduces chances for further oral issues
Customisable to each individual
What To Expect When Getting Dentures?
The length of the procedure varies from case to case and is dependent on its complexity. If the tooth extraction is required, then the healing time would extend the length of the process. However, patients also have the option of immediate dentures that could be fitted in straight after the removal of teeth.
1. The first step includes an examination of the patient’s teeth to evaluate the state of their oral health. During this process, the dentist would examine for signs of tooth decay, infection, previous dental work that could impede denture placements and determine if any other teeth may need extraction.
2. When ready to get started with dentures, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, measurements and bite with a mould to ensure fit and comfort. The colour of the teeth will also be recorded. These may take one to two visits to ensure fit.
3. Depending on the type of denture made, you will be brought in for a try in. Any adjustments to the shade of teeth, fit, and shape of the dentures will occur.
4. At the final appointment, your custom made dentures will be ready for you.
Dentures Home Care
Following a day’s use, store your dentures in a clean container through the night. During the day, make sure to rinse your mouth and the dentures before putting them back on. With proper care, the lifespan of a set of dentures may be expected to last up to 5-8 years. Replacement following this time frame is required as your mouth and dentures undergo changes in shape as well as structure due to wear and tear.
What Are The Alternatives To Dentures?
Below we have listed other fixed teeth replacement options available at Geelong West Dental.
Single Dental Implant is opted for when one tooth is missing, and is implanted to the jawbone.
Multiple Teeth Implants are opted for when there is multiple missing teeth in a stretch. These implants may include implants supported bridges, whereby the implants will be integrated into the jawbone.
Implant Supported Full Denture combines both dentures and implants procedures, where the implants will be integrated into the jawbone.
All Teeth On 4 Dental Implants replaces the entire upper or lower set of teeth, where all teeth are being supported and fixed onto four dental implants.
If you are looking for dentures in Geelong, then look no further than Geelong West Dental. Our team of dental professionals are prepared to guide you through the denture fitting procedures and aftercare process, while ensuring you achieve a comfortable fit.