A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Complete dentures are either "conventional" or "immediate." A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about 3-6months after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The drawback behind an immediate denture is that it may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place as the bone and tissues shrink and change shape when they heal.
A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.
What happens when you get a denture?
A dentist can make a full conventional denture when all teeth have been lost or all extraction sites have healed (up to eight weeks or longer.) The denture process takes about 4-5 appointments, 1-3 weeks apart as the work we do to make the denture is done in conjunction with a labatory. Firstly the initial diagnosis is made; an impression and a wax bite are then made to determine vertical dimensions and proper jaw position; a "try-in" is then made and placed to assure proper color, shape and fit, you will get to see it at this point to check that you are happy with it’s appearance; then at the final appointment the denture is placed, following any minor adjustments.
New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new "teeth" because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. While most patients can begin to speak normally within a few hours, many patients report discomfort with eating for several days to a few weeks and you may need to come back to us a couple of times to have them adjusted, as like a pair of shoes, they need to be worn and used first.
To get accustomed to chewing with a new denture, start with soft, easy-to-chew foods. In addition, denture wearers often notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow, or minor speech difficulty.
• Used in full and partial dentures
• Easy to adjust, reline and add to as teeth are lost
• Can be used as immediate dentures, being fitted the same day teeth are extracted so avoiding a time with missing teeth
• Tends to be thick to increase strength and usually needs to cover the palate
• Poor temperature transmission when eating and drinking.
An upper partial acrylic denture (with clasps).
Upper chrome denture
A lower partial chrome denture
The Valplast Flexible Partial is an unbreakable, removable partial that many people find very comfortable. These lightweight partial dentures are practically invisible, and completely eliminate the unsightly metal clasps.
In fact, most Valplast Flexible Partials are fabricated without the use of a metal frame - made instead from a strong, durable plastic that clips securely and comfortably into place around existing natural teeth and gums. The plastic used is so strong that the partial made from it can be very thin, eliminating that heavy, bulky feeling that makes wearing partials so unpleasant. Plus, the color, shape and design of Valplast Flexible Partials blends in well with the natural appearance of the gums allowing a patient's natural tissue bone to appear through the material, matching the basic shade categories, making the partial virtually invisible.
Even though this type of denture does not rest on the natural teeth like the metal framework variety, the clasps rest on the gums surrounding the natural teeth. This tissue, unlike the gums over extraction sites, is stable and changes very little over time which keeps this type of denture stable and unchanging similar to the cast metal variety. This type of partial denture extremely stable and retentive, and the elasticity of the flexible plastic clasps keeps them that way indefinitely.
It is also guaranteed for life against breakage (when handled according to the manufacturer's specified procedures.
A Valplast ‘flexible’ denture
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