At Sudbury Smiles Dentistry, we are committed to finding the best solution for your smile and are here to help you make the right decision. We offer many different types of dentures including: immediate dentures, complete dentures (full upper and lower dentures), partial dentures (acrylic and metal-supported), and implant supported dentures. We also provide denture relines and repairs.
Below we have outlined all of the different types of dentures we offer and more information about dental relines and repairs.
If you were to have a traditional denture made, it would be necessary first to have all of these teeth extracted, the bone and gums would have to heal, and then a denture could be fabricated. This process could take several weeks, if not longer, and for that period, you would have to go around without any teeth. To avoid this type of problem, we utilise an Immediate Denture technique.
An immediate denture involves taking impressions of your mouth while your teeth are still present. Once your teeth are extracted, we will have a denture ready to be inserted, so you don't leave the office without teeth.
A few things to note about Immediate Dentures
- Since we are unable to try in the denture before extracting your teeth, certain aesthetic compromises may have to be made. This should not present any significant problem, however, and your aesthetic result should be more than satisfactory. Since our goal is for you never to be without teeth, we will be inserting your new denture immediately after the extraction of your remaining teeth. This may seem odd, but it is perfectly normal. Typically, after the extraction of teeth, there may be some swelling. By placing your denture in immediately, this swelling can be kept to a minimum.
- If you do not place the denture immediately, the swelling that occurs might not allow you to wear your denture until the swelling subsided.
- It is vital that you follow the post-operative instructions of your dentist or oral surgeon very carefully. You must try to wear your new immediate denture for three (3) days, after the surgery, without removing it. This will help to control the swelling.
- Once healing has occurred, after approximately three months, you will either need a reline of your existing denture or the fabrication of an entirely new denture. For a new denture, we will be able to make any aesthetic and phonetic changes that you want within the limits of denture prosthodontics. If you have a new denture made, you can keep the immediate denture as a spare (emergency) denture.
Complete Dentures: full upper and lower dentures
Complete dentures also referred to as full dentures, are worn when all of the natural teeth are missing.
There are many reasons why someone may need complete dentures. Sometimes tooth decay or malnutrition results in dental extractions, at other times, a car accident or work related injury can result in someone needing dentures. Regardless of the reason, complete dentures are one way to be able to continue such daily functions as eating, speaking and smiling.
Types of Complete Dentures
Standard dentures may fit comfortably and chew well but are designed for the average patient using basic tooth shades and shapes.
Premium dentures instil confidence and provide optimum function while eating, speaking, or laughing.
With premium dentures, aesthetics, comfort, fit, and function combine to allow your smile to look more natural. Premium dentures provide the highest quality of denture teeth and materials that will resist wear, and their appearance is almost identical to natural teeth.
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Partial dentures are typically used to replace missing teeth. Common reasons for tooth loss are a jaw-related accident, tooth decay, or malnutrition. Having gaps in the teeth can result in food and bacteria forming in the empty spaces. Partial dentures are useful for filling these in, thus preventing tooth and gum decay. Partial dentures are also helpful in hiding prominent tooth gaps, such as the ones in the front of the mouth.
There are many different types of partial dentures to choose from, depending on your unique situation. If you only have a few missing teeth, a removable partial denture may be the best fit for you. These are dentures crafted to fit over your remaining teeth. The false teeth included are designed to go in the gaps between. These can be crafted as a bridge that goes across the roof of your mouth, or it can be fitted to attach to your back teeth to replace any teeth you would typically use for chewing.
In most cases, these include a metal or plastic clasp that fits snugly against your remaining teeth.
Types of Partial Dentures
These are cast metal dentures generally considered to be the more permanent partial denture, whereas plastic partial dentures are clipped to the natural teeth with clasps and most importantly incorporate rests on the teeth. The clasps hold the denture firm and the rests stop any damaging up and down movement.
Chrome Cobalt partial dentures are far superior to plastic partial dentures because they are thinner and the gums stay healthier because the biting force is shared between the gums and the remaining teeth. In specific designs, we can have an open palate allowing taste and hot and cold detection to be improved.
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Implant supported dentures
Implant retained dentures allow your denture to be held into place and make sure there is no movement in the mouth. Implant retained dentures prevent any ongoing soreness, significantly increase chewing force, and are the best measure to solve the problem of loose dentures, forever!
Why choose implant dentures?
By choosing to proceed with implant dentures, you have chosen to use the technology available to us in the dental field that will optimise the success and ensure the best fit of your dentures. Envision the ability to eat all of your favourite foods without the use of denture adhesives because your dentures will be held securely in place. After the implants are placed, and your denture is secured for the first time, you will be able to eat and enjoy all the foods you want to eat!
Are your dentures loose, sore and not fitting properly? If so, then it may be time for a reline. Relines are required for dentures on average of every two or three years and are necessary to improve the fit and function of the dentures. The reason for this is due to the changing shape of the bones in the mouth, which will eventually lead to a space between the dentures. A reline is a simple procedure that involves a re-fitting of the dentures and making them fit like new again.
If your denture has any chipped or missing teeth a repair of the denture is needed. Perhaps the denture has fractured in half, or there is a crack starting to form in the material. If so, the denture can usually be repaired. Standard repair procedures take about 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete. If the repair is more extensive, it may be necessary to leave the denture for a few hours to be repaired.