Dentures are a removable appliance that you can wear to replace missing teeth. There are multiple kinds of dentures that are designed to improve aesthetics, improve eating and chewing and support for your lips and cheeks. The base of the denture is designed especially for your mouth and can be made from either an acrylic or metal. The denture teeth are made from an acrylic material and you have the ability to choose the exact colour, shape and size of your teeth.
Complete dentures are full mouth dentures that replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Since there are no teeth nearby, these dentures rely on suction to ensure the premium acrylic material can stay in place. Therefore, precise planning is required to design the complete dentures to ensure maximum aesthetics and comfort is achieved to provide you with the natural and discrete smile you always wanted. Complete dentures have come a long way from the ‘clacking’ ceramic teeth your grandparents would have used.
Partial dentures are a fantastic alternative when you need to replace a few teeth. Partial dentures lock into place with special clasps that wrap around your existing teeth that enables the denture to have a secure hold in the mouth. Once again, precise planning is required to design the denture to ensure maximum aesthetics, comfort and discretion is maintained. Our team of friendly and compassionate dentists always include a ‘try-in’ appointment so you can choose the teeth colour, shape and size to match your existing smile.
Sometimes it is not possible to have your permanent partial or complete denture fitted straight away. Cairns Precision Dental is happy to offer our patients with the option of an immediate denture, which are fitted immediately after you have teeth removed. Therefore, we can avoid the awkward period where there are visible gaps in your smile during the healing phase and transition phase after extractions. An immediate denture acts as a mask to help you maintain a natural and functional smile while your mouth heals. Once everything has healed and stabilised, we can work together on making your permanent denture.
Maintenance of Dentures
After your denture is made, there is still a requirement for ongoing checks and maintenance. Naturally your body keeps changing as you age; therefore, it is necessary to adapt the denture to these changes. Your bone levels and gums often shrink due to ageing, loss of teeth and deteriorating health conditions. Ongoing checks are required to prevent ill-fitting dentures from causing you discomfort, difficulties eating and speaking. Depending on the extent of changes and/or adaptations required, a denture reline may be required to fill in the gaps between your existing denture and current oral condition.
Despite making your denture with premium quality materials, your denture can still be prone to damages and breakages if not maintained properly. Cairns Precision Dental Group is prepared to quickly minimise time without your dentures and repair your denture as soon as possible. Cairns Precision Dental Group recommends 6-monthly checks to find any issues earlier and ensure your dentures are snug and comfortable against your gums, lips, tongue and remaining teeth to minimise breakages. It is also important to attend regularly because your dentist performs a cancer screening at every check-up visit.