Dentures & Denture Implants
Dentures & Denture Implants Warrnambool
Tooth loss can occur as a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. When teeth are lost, it can affect our appearance, our ability to eat, and the way we speak. Because teeth support facial structure, tooth loss can lead to sagging cheeks and make us look older than we are.
If you have suffered tooth loss, you may want to consider getting replacement teeth in the form of dentures or denture implants.
Replacement teeth imitate natural teeth in both appearance and function. They are designed to help you live a normal life and give you the confidence of having a full set of teeth again.
Dentures support your jawbone structure to help preserve your facial appearance and chew, feel, and look just like natural teeth.
What Types of Dentures Are There?
The type of dentures that best suit you will depend on the amount of treatment that you require and include:
A complete denture set that is used when there are no teeth on either the upper jaw or the lower jaw.
A partial set of dentures that will require adjacent natural teeth for support. Suitable for several missing teeth. Prevents your intact teeth from drifting into empty tooth hollows or shifting out of position.
A new denture alternative that is supported by dental implants.
Thanks to modern dentistry you will have the option of choosing a denture material that is best suitable for your needs.
A durable and cost-friendly material that can be modified and expanded to add more teeth in the case that any supporting teeth are lost.
A flexible partial denture design that relies on healthy supporting teeth for support of the denture. Your dentist can determine if Vitallium dentures are suitable for your needs.
The Denture-Making Process
After a tooth is extracted or lost, the socket starts to fill in with bone, and the gum tissue heals and changes shape. This process takes several weeks until the gums and bone become stable.
After this time, a conventional denture is made, preferably about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth were extracted or lost.
The denture-making process starts by taking a series of impressions or moulds of the oral tissues that will support the denture.
A dental laboratory will use these impressions to make models of the patient’s mouth.
Your dentist will then start building the dentures on these models and transferring them to your mouth at each step to ensure proper fit, establish a proper bite, and ensure that the appearance and aesthetics of the denture are achieved.
Re-visiting your dentist
The patient will generally need to be seen by your dentist once a week for about 4 to 5 weeks until the denture is completed.
You will then need to return occasionally during the first month after the denture is delivered to have adjustments made.
An immediate denture can often be made so you have something to wear the same day the teeth are removed.
Sometimes, the back teeth are pulled first, and the front teeth are left in place until the day the denture is delivered.
This type of denture doesn’t fit the bone and gum tissue as snugly as conventional dentures, so it requires more adjustments during the healing stage.
An immediate denture is best used as a temporary appliance until a conventional denture can be made after all of the gum and bone healing is complete.
Preparing for Denture Implants
Like with any dental implant, preparation for denture implants will involve a complete exam along with 3D imaging of your mouth structure to create accurate models for the insertion of your implant.
It is necessary to locate nerves, sinuses, and assess the jawbone dimensions to ensure optimal placement of the implants.
If you already have complete dentures, they can be retrofitted to attach to your implants. If you do not have dentures, we will create them for you.
This process usually takes four visits over the course of several weeks.
The Denture Implant Procedure
Depending on the denture implants of choice, you will require between 4 to 8 dental implants.
Implants are normally inserted into the bone structure in the front of the mouth, where there is usually more bone and support than in the rear of the mouth.
Dental implants require two surgeries, spaced approximately 3 to 6 months apart.
First Surgery: Placing Implants under the Gums
Your first surgery will involve placing the implant into the jawbone under the gum tissue, where it will need time to fuse together with the bone structure.
Second Surgery: Attaching the Dentures
The second surgery will involve exposing the implants through the jawbone, after which they will be ready for attachment with your dentures.
Procedures for the upper jaw normally take about two months longer than procedures for the lower jaw.
You can expect the entire process of dental implant surgery and attachment with dentures to take about 5-7 months.
If your treatment is more complex and will involve bone grafting or other procedures, the entire process may take a year or longer.
Dentures & Denture Implants in Warrnambool
Visit us at Warrnambool Dental to learn more about affordable dentures and denture implants or to schedule an appointment for examination today.
Dentures & Denture Implants in Warrnambool
Call us on (03) 5562 4433 or visit us at 454A Raglan Parade in Warrnambool.