Dentures, or artificial teeth, have been a time-tested and reliable way of replacing missing teeth for years. Dentures have been found dating as far back as 500 BC, although fortunately the methods for making them have changed drastically since their inception!
There are two main types of dentures:
- Complete dentures: a total absence of teeth in either the top or bottom jaw means that the denture is made to replace the entire set of teeth. These rely on the gum tissue for balance and stability.
- Implant retained complete dentures: instead of relying on gum tissue, complete dentures can be made to fit into special implants which are anchored into the jaw, for significantly better stability and balance.
- Partial dentures: when only some teeth are missing in either jaw, the denture incorporates and utilizes the remaining teeth for stability and aesthetics. These dentures can be made from either acrylic, or a combination of a metal base and acrylic teeth.
- Acrylic: cheaper and more easily accommodate future tooth losses.
- Metal: more expensive, but are more comfortable and better supported.
What can I expect?
In all cases, construction of the denture is through a number of moulds and measurements to provide the best possible fit to your mouth. Sometimes, adjustments to the teeth are needed so that the denture will fit in more comfortable. These may require a number of appointments to finalize alterations – like having a suit or dress tailored. Changes in your mouth over time may mean that a refit of your dentures may be required later.
There is a trend towards cost cutting by some dental practices by having their components manufactured overseas. However, you can rest assured that all components for denture work used in Dr Virginia Williams’s Dental Practice are sourced from either local Ballarat providers or those in Melbourne where necessary. We appreciate the peace of mind, accountability and quality assurance that comes with Australian standards as much as our patients do.
While dentures may have a track record of stretching into the millennia, they may not always be the best option for replacing your missing teeth.
At Dr. Virginia Williams’s Dental Practice, we will help you find the most comfortable solution for your particular situation. To see if dentures are suitable for you, please contact us on (03) 5331 9285.