Dentures & Repairs
A smile with healthy teeth is the vision of all individuals. Dentures are one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth. Apart from offering an aesthetic and cost-effective solution, dentures are a straightforward solution to teeth replacement. They can be removed at any time according to your comfort as well as improving chewing ability and helping with speech. Dentures also provide support to the facial muscles, as with the missing teeth the strength and structure of the face suffers.
There are three kinds of dentures:
- Full dentures: If all your teeth are missing, then full dentures are needed. These can be worn on the upper or the lower jaw, or both.
- Partial dentures: If you only have a few missing teeth, then you may require partial dentures to fill up the gaps where your teeth used to be so that other teeth do not shift or change their positions. Like full dentures, these can be also worn on either arch, or both.
- Overdentures: These are the replacements of the teeth using dental implants with a fixed denture over them. This can be done in both the cases whether you go for complete or partial dentures. Overdentures can be fixed or removable.
Generally dentures will be at their best fit from their placement. Just like other parts of your body our mouths change over time and this can lead to your dentures feeling loose or ‘not quite right.’ This is usually the result of bone resorption (shrinking of the jaw bone and gums over time due to loss of teeth). Normal wear and tear can affect your ability to chew effectively which leads to further impacts on your digestive system and therefore overall health. Poor chewing ability leads to poor digestion which can result in health complications such as flatulence, irritable bowels, acid reflux and changes to diet; so we end up choosing foods that are perhaps easier to digest but not nutrient rich. In addition, jaw strain from a poor bite can contribute to tension and stress headaches. Ill-fitting dentures can also cause food impaction. If you notice that the dentures start getting loose, this may mean the dentures need to be checked if a reline is required to restore fit.
Denture repairs can be done onsite in case you face any problem. If you have any discomfort from your new or existing dentures or have noticed a defect remember our team is here to help!
As one of the few dental clinics in Maroubra that offer complete dental services, our team is qualified and equipped to assist you with all your denture needs. Simply speak to us today to find out more.