A denture is a prosthesis that replaces missing teeth.

It consists of a set of artificial (usually acrylic) teeth bonded to a plastic or metal base. A denture can usually be removed from the mouth by the wearer for hygiene reasons.

Millions of people worldwide wear dentures to replace teeth lost or extracted due to the damaging effects of severe dental wear, trauma, decay or gum disease. Technological advances have enabled modern dentures to look more natural and fit better than they ever have before.

Dentures are a good restorative option when both missing teeth and significant deficiencies of tooth supporting tissues need to be replaced. The dimensions of a denture can successfully replace missing teeth, gum tissue and jaw bulk, while simultaneously filling out the shape, profile and volume of the face, lips and smile.

Types Of Dentures

Different types of dentures are available, depending on a patient's treatment needs.

Partial dentures allow replacement of only a few teeth missing teeth. They need to be held in place by clasps attaching to adjacent natural teeth.

Full Dentures may be made when all teeth are missing in either the upper or lower jaw, or both. They may be designed, with patient input, to look very natural and inconspicuous, or to be vastly different from original teeth. Full dentures are removable when retained via a suction effect with saliva and the jawbone (ridge). If supported by dental implants, full dentures may be made to be either removable or permanently fixed in place.

Immediate Dentures (either partial or full) are inserted at the same time teeth are extracted. They allow a patient to avoid a period without teeth. However, immediate dentures require considerably more after care - review of healing tissues, denture adjustments and alterations (relining and refitting) as gums and jawbones remodel and shrink with healing. Over-dentures (also, either partial or full) are dentures that fit over remaining teeth, tooth roots (that have had root canal treatment) or dental implants.

Denture Fit

Even the best fitting dentures may feel awkward in the beginning. Some people require several months to pass before they become accustomed to wearing their dentures, feel their speech has returned to normal or feel comfortable eating with them. Where denture stability is a problem, as often occurs for patients who wear a full lower denture and have a very flat lower ridge, denture retention can be dramatically improved if the denture can be supported by at least two dental implants.

At Melbourne Dentistry, whether your needs relate to a denture being your permanent restorative solution, or simply a temporary space maintaining prosthesis, (prior to the completion of an implant driven crown or bridge treatment plan), we work with the very best dental prosthetic laboratories to promptly provide you with the most natural looking, and comfortable treatment outcomes.