Implant Retained Denture

Loose dentures can be remedied with the addition of implant anchors positioned by a Dental Surgeon.
Your Dental Prosthetist will fit dentures over implants to provide stability, increased chewing force, reduced tissue irritations, and decreased bone loss.

Loose dentures can be remedied with the addition of implant anchors positioned by a Dental Surgeon.
Your Dental Prosthetist will fit dentures over implants to provide stability, increased chewing force, reduced tissue irritations, and decreased bone loss.
Your Dental Prosthetist will help you understand the procedures involved in implant dentistry.
Optimum tooth replacement is achieved with dental implants and can be used in retaining full or partial dentures.
In scientific studies that have been conducted, dental implants have been shown to preserve bone and reduce gum tissue loss. Patients have felt better and have gained an improved quality of life.
Historically, dental implants have a high clinical success rate and patients who have opted for dental implants, often remark how similar the implant feels to their own natural teeth.

Implant Benefits:

1. Improved confidence
2.Stability during eating
3. Increased preservation of bone
4. Decreased gum tissue shrinkage
5. Less food seepage under the denture
6. Superior aesthetics
7. Social interactions accomplished with confidence
8. A feeling close to that of your natural teeth Dietary nutritional benefits

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a removable appliance replacing one or more missing natural teeth and associated tissues. It is supported by the natural remaining teeth and gums. It replaces what is lost and preserves what is left.

Basically, removable partial dentures come in two types –an acrylic or metal base. Both have their advantages and disadvantages .The type suited to your particular requirements can be assessed in consultation with your Dental Prosthetist.

A partial denture offers improved appearance and function. It helps maintain the remaining natural teeth, improves and restores appearance, speech and certainly the ability to chew.

Assessment.
Assessment of a patient requiring a partial denture may vary according to the age of the patient, the patient’s attitude, habits and expectations. Oral hygiene, the condition and position of the remaining natural teeth, as well as the position of the opposing teeth in the mouth, also need to be considered.
A recent check up of your remaining natural teeth by a Dentist is advised prior to the construction of a new partial denture.
Tissues covered by a denture normally do not maintain the same bone density level, and tends to gradually shrink or recede.
It is therefore imperative that your partial denture be reassessed or replaced at regular two yearly intervals.
Natural teeth are continually wearing down due to masticatory forces. These are the forces that are applied when you eat.
Conservation of the remaining natural teeth is enhanced and wear and tear is minimised, by distributing these forces of chewing and grinding evenly to all the teeth, including any artificial teeth.
A partial denture plays a large part in minimising the wearing down of natural teeth.
A partial denture situated around the natural teeth and opposing a full denture usually results in the full denture being more successful and stable. This is due to the better balance and distribution of all the opposing forces involved in chewing, swallowing and speaking.
To become accustomed to your partial denture more quickly, it may help to cut food into smaller portions, and to master chewing on the premolar (first double teeth )and molar regions (back teeth) first and then on both sides of the mouth at the same time. Consuming non sticky food also helps.

Retention.
Retention of a partial denture is normally obtained by attachment to a natural tooth or teeth on each side and by stainless steel or metal clasps.
Friction against the remaining natural teeth and adhesion from saliva are all aids used to gain retention and stability.
Metal clasps are precise fitting and will not wear or affect your natural teeth. Clasps do however collect plaque which damages the enamel on the teeth. Proper oral hygiene is therefore paramount.

Night time.
Dentures invariably occupy more space in the mouth than natural teeth. Wearing the appliance continuously enables the tongue and tissues to more quickly gain tolerance of the new denture. Wearing your denture at night may be dictated by personal preference however it is recommended that dentures are removed at night.

Cleaning.
Proper oral hygiene is just as critical for artificial teeth as it is for natural teeth. It is especially important that the gums around and between the teeth, are kept thoroughly clean, to prevent the build up of plaque or tartar, and to prevent odours.
Whenever possible clean and brush your denture after each meal to remove debris, with particular attention to the tissue fitting surfaces of the denture and areas around the clasps where food will tend to gather.
Ideally, regular soaking in a commercial denture cleaner and the use of a soft denture brush with denture paste prevents the build up of tartar deposits that tend to collect and build up around the teeth, gums and clasps.
It is advisable to never use harsh bristle brushes or abrasive materials. Use tepid water only, as boiling water may distort the denture.
To prevent accidental damage by dropping the denture, chipping the teeth or fracturing the denture base, it is advisable to hold the side or the part of the denture you are actually cleaning over a sink containing a towel or face washer. All care must be taken to avoid disturbing, breaking or bending the metal clasps or retainers, as the fit needs to be precise, if a break occurs, immediately consult your Dental Prosthetist.
It is advisable that you consult with a Dentist or a Dental Hygienist for an annual check up/scale and clean.

Full Denture

A full denture is a removable appliance replacing all of the natural teeth and the associated tissues and is supported by the gums. Full dentures can also be retained by implants for better stability and function. By using new computerize prescription system for premium Dentures we show you smile that you desired.

Dentures can help patients in a number of ways:

Mastication – chewing ability is improved by replacing edentulous areas with denture teeth.
Aesthetics – the presence of teeth provide a natural facial appearance, and wearing a denture to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks and corrects the collapsed appearance that occurs after losing teeth.
Phonetics – by replacing missing teeth, especially the anteriors, patients are better able to speak by improving pronunciation of those words containing sibilants or fricatives.
Self-Esteem – Patients feel better about themselves

Flexible Dentures

Flexible dentures are the metal free material or removable partial with ideal flexibility for multiple applications can use in combination with a metal partial or by itself.

Custom Made Mouthguard

All people who play sport where injury to their natural teeth is possible should wear a mouthguard. Professionally fitted mouthguards greatly reduce the chances of tooth damage or painful laceration of lips and mouth.

Prevention is better than cure.
Mouthguards also assist to absorb the impact which may cause a broken jaw or even concussion. And they do not make breathing difficult.

But mouthguards should always be fitted by the appropriate dental professional.

Sporting mouthguards – your child’s first line of defence
Children’s teeth are particularly vulnerable to sporting injury and parents should assist on the best possible protection.

Mouthguards will also help the child’s confidence and will give the parent peace of mind.

No referrals are necessary
You do not need a referral to visit a Dental Prosthetist. Simply check the locality guide in the Yellow Pages under Dental Technicians for your nearest Dental Prosthetist Association Member and give them a call. It’s as easy as that.

What are mouthguards made of?
Mouthguards are made from heavy duty, flexible, hard-wearing vinyl or laminates. Various colours are available.

Cleaning and storage
Mouthguards are best kept clean by rinsing under cold water after use. They may be brushed very lightly. They should be stored in a plastic container and should be kept away from heat and sunlight.

Generous rebates
Mouthguards are subject to generous rebates for eligible patients covered under Dental Health Funds.

First aid tip
If a tooth is accidentally damaged from impact it is wise to leave the mouthguard in position and attend a dentist immediately.

If a tooth is dislodged it should be rinsed in milk, kept moist and wrapped in plastic until treatment.

Please remember
With care and protection natural teeth should last a lifetime. But they need all the help they can get. So please, look after them carefully, and give your teeth a sporting chance. Wear a mouth guard.

Hicaps
Hicaps is an electronic health claiming and payments system that lets you process your claim automatically after your treatment and before you leave the surgery or practice. With Hicaps you no longer have to make a separate trip to your private health fund branch to lodge your claim or send your claim via the post. The claim is finalised on the spot immediately after your treatment.

Immediate Dentures

Dentures are artificial replacements for natural teeth and a period of adjustment is required. Depending on the rate of bone healing and resorption, sore spots will occur on the soft tissues under the immediate dentures.

1. Whilst the use of a chlorhexidene-based mouth rinse may give some relief, it is usually necessary to return to the prosthetist for adjustment to the dentures. Never use sandpaper or a knife to try to wear away the area which you think is causing the pain – this can damage the fit of the dentures. Just as with natural teeth, the dentures should be checked regularly by a prosthetist.

2. At first, there can be a feeling of fullness in the mouth and difficulty in speaking. In addition, there can be an increase in salivary flow. These symptoms will disappear in time as the muscles of the lips, tongue and cheek relax. Speech can be affected because the tongue must adapt to the shape and bulk of the new dentures. Pronunciation of letters such as “s” ,:Sh” and “b” are usually the most affected, but reading aloud when alone will hasten the return to normality. The amount of saliva will also return to normal with time, even in the most anxious patients.

3. As the healing of extraction sites progresses, you can experience rocking because different people have different bone resorbtion and that would create unbalanced fitting surface and rocking accordingly ,sometimes adjustment will solve the problem and some time you need to get visco-gel tissue conditioner placed inside the denture ( extra $150 payment per application) to get the better fitting before the reline times in 3 month ,please ask your dental prosthetist as this service will charge separately per application for each denture,also as the healing of extraction sites progresses firmer foods can be eaten without pain but initially soft foods such as spaghetti, stews and casseroles are best. However, even when tissues have completely healed, chewing with dentures is different to chewing with natural teeth. Biting into a sandwich in the front of the mouth can be difficult, if not impossible and many people adjust by cutting sandwiches into small pieces. Similarly, it becomes very difficult and sometimes impossible to chew tough meats and bite into apples, bread rolls and submarine sandwiches. Chewing gum or toffees which stick onto the dentures may also dislodge them.

4. As with natural teeth, plaque can form on dentures and when eating food , it can sometimes get under the dentures. Ideally, dentures should be removed from the mouth and cleaned after meals but if this is not possible , clean them at least once a day. Use a soft tooth brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste and cold water, brushing both the internal and external areas and surfaces of the dentures. When cleaning, hold the dentures over a folded towel or a few centimetres of water in a washbasin to prevent breakage if you drop the appliances. The cleaned dentures can then be placed, if you wash, into a commercial cleaning solution according to the instructions on the product‘s packaging. However, these cleaners are not a substitute for brushing. Soaking the dentures overnight is 50/50 white vinegar and water once a week will help remove stains and the build up of hard deposits (i.e dental calculus).

5. When a full complement of natural teeth is present, the friction caused by the passage of food and movements of the tongue help keep the gums surrounding the teeth and the soft tissues of the mouth including the palate firm and healthy. When wearing full dentures, this stimulating effect is lost and these tissues can become very thin and soft, especially if the dentures are worn 24 hours a day every day for months or years. It is analogous to wearing gloves all the time when the skin of the hands will become very soft as compared to manual work causing the skin of the hands to become quite hard. Hence, it is advisable to leave the dentures out for a few hours each day –many leave the dentures out for some or all of the night. In addition, when the dentures are removed for cleaning, brush the gums and palate under the dentures with a soft tooth brush or rub them with a clean, soft towel or face washer. If the dentures are worn continually for many months, are not cleaned regularly and there is no stimulation given, there is a risk of denture bearing tissues becoming very soft and red due a fungal infection (candida). When the dentures are removed for extended periods they should be soaked in cold water to prevent dehydration and warping of the denture material.

6. As the gums heal and bone resorption occurs, some patient find that using adhesive pastes are an aid. Only small quantities should be used according to the manufacturer’s directions-sometimes they can difficult to remove but tepid water and a face cloth with assist with cleaning.

7. Older patients should be warned that some drugs given for high blood pressure and depression can decrease salivary flow which can make the dentures difficult to wear or the lips stick to the teeth. In such cases, it might be necessary to use artificial saliva(Biotine). A completely dry mouth will make the wearing of dentures difficult.

8.An immediate denture is a transitional denture and patient should get a new denture made after 6 or 12 month of using immediate denture when the gum resorption completed , however I do my best to get your immediate denture fit ,comfortable and as nice as possible ,An immediate denture is not a comfortable or 100% cosmetic appealing or functionally perfect denture due to complicity of the job and unexpected nature of the gum resorption.