Dentures are a removable prosthetic used to replace missing teeth and gum tissue. There are two primary denture types available - complete and partial ones. The complete variant is used when all your teeth are missing, whereas you can use a partial pair if you still have some natural teeth remaining.
If you need a new pair made or would like advice on denture cleaning or maintenance, the Hamilton Family Dental team can help. For more information or to make a booking, please contact us at 07-9498492
There are two commonly used subtypes of complete dentures available - conventional and immediate.
Conventional types are made after your teeth have been removed, and the gum tissue has begun to heal. They are ready to be placed in the mouth about 8-12 weeks after teeth removal.
Unlike their conventional cousins, an immediate denture is made in advance. It can be positioned immediately after your teeth are removed, hence the name. As a result, you won't have to go without teeth while your mouth is healing. However, because bones and gums shrink over time, especially in the period after tooth removal, these dentures require more adjustments to fit properly. For this reason, you should only use immediate dentures as a temporary solution until you have a conventional set made.
A partial denture or bridge consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base. This can sometimes be connected by a metal framework, which holds the denture in place in your mouth. Not only does it fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from changing position.
A fixed bridge is, as the name suggests, permanently attached inside the mouth. Your dentist will attach crowns to the teeth to either side of the gap, where the artificial tooth or teeth are placed. This 'bridge' is then cemented into place.
Unlike fixed bridges, precision partial dentures are removable. They attach to the adjacent crowns using internal attachments, which creates a more natural appearance.
Our team strongly believes and recommends that you practice proper, regular denture care and maintenance. This will significantly help you prolong their lifespan and improve your oral health, comfort, and well-being.
The experienced dental professionals at Hamilton Family Dental recommend that you:
Our professional, high-quality denture services will make ongoing denture care easy. If it's time for your next dental checkup, or you're considering getting dentures, get in touch with us. We'll get you a beautiful, healthy smile and excellent fit every time. Please click here or contact us at 07-9498492 to book an appointment.