Millions of people worldwide wear dentures. With today’s technology, they look more natural and fit better than ever before. For many people, dentures vastly improve their oral health and appearance.
A denture is called a prosthesis, and the fitting of a denture is called denture prosthodontics.
A full denture is made when all the natural teeth are missing. It is fitted to replace the upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.
A partial denture is made to fill the space left by a few missing teeth. To hold the partial denture in position, clasps are used to secure the denture to nearly natural teeth.
An over-denture is a denture that fits:
The dentist inserts an immediate denture at the same appointment as the teeth are extracted. The advantage is that the patient avoids a period without teeth.
The prosthetist will review your oral health needs including your soft tissues and health of any teeth you may still have.
After the initial assessment the prosthetist will consult with you to determine the best treatment option for you, your expectations and whether your expectations are achievable. Any risks to treatment or not having treatment will be discussed as per the Australian Charter of Health Care Rights. You must have all your dental treatment completed prior to having your denture made.
The construction of dentures usually takes 5 appointments. Also, after you have received your dentures there will be a couple of appointments to adjust the dentures after you have worn them for a period of time.