Dentures

Dentures Nerang, Gold Coast

Dentures from Gold Coast Dental Studio provide a full or partial mouth restoration

What are dentures?

A denture is a replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth. The custom-made appliances can aid in maintaining oral aesthetics and function.

Types of dentures

There are 2 types of dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting position. A partial denture is for people who still have some of their natural teeth and are looking to fill in the gaps.

Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are comprised of a gum-coloured plastic base, and a full set of plastic or porcelain teeth. Traditionally, they are positioned and held in place by creating a seal with the gums. Dental implants can also be placed to hold dentures, thought this is an additional expense.

Partial Dentures:  Either built upon a metal framework (which can support multiple false teeth) or on a plastic base, partial dentures are held in the mouth using carefully placed clasps and rests. These appliances replace missing teeth and fill gaps, but are not for a full-mouth of false teeth. Partial dentures are most commonly used as emergency or temporary replacements.

Who needs dentures?

Dentures are not just for elderly patients. Patients of any age may lose some or all of their teeth and may require a denture of some sort.

How are dentures made?

A series of impressions and moulds are taken of the dental tissue that is to support the denture. These are sent to a dental laboratory where they will be used to create a perfectly-fitting denture. Creating a perfect seal is essential. False teeth (crowns, usually) will be placed on top to create a lovely new smile for the patient. This is a gradual process, and the patient may need to visit the dentist once a week for up to 6 weeks before the denture is perfected.

How long do dentures last?

When cared for properly dentures can last a minimum of 5 years. Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups will prolong the life of the denture. Minor repairs to your dentures should take 1-2 days to fix in a dental lab.

FAQs

A denture is essentially a replacement for missing teeth as well as the surrounding tissues. Dentures are designed to closely resemble the natural teeth and gum tissue. It is important to fill gaps left by missing teeth in order to prevent remaining teeth from shifting positions.

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces caused by missing teeth. Partial dentures are suitable for patients who still have some of their natural teeth. Dentures may be suited to patients of any age, and are not limited to elderly patients alone.

Dental inlays and onlays are used to cover different proportions of the tooth. An inlay works by filling the space in between the cusps or rounded edges at the centre of the tooth’s surface. An onlay works in a similar way, but covers one or more cusps of the entire biting surface of the tooth. Dental onlays are generally more durable and longer lasting than dental fillings, and are used when a tooth is too damaged to support a filling, but not damaged enough to require a dental crown.

Gold Coast Dental Studio has extensive experience creating dentures. Call us today to find out how we can help you!