Prosthodontics (Denture Provision)

Despite a slightly dubious reputation, modern dentures are comfortable to wear and designed to appear as natural as possible, although there is usually a period of adaption after the original fitting.

Whether you have lost some of your teeth or all of them, you can immediately change the appearance of your smile for the better, as well as regain the ability to bite and chew properly, by getting fitted for dentures. However no denture will be as efficient as the natural dentition

The first step is an examination of your gums and bone structure, which will allow your dental surgeon to plan out the best course of treatment.

An impression of your remaining teeth and gums will be taken so that your dentures match the shape and structure of your mouth to maximise your comfort and give you a beautiful smile. If you’re only having partial dentures, an assessment of the shape and colour of your existing teeth will ensure a perfect match.

Remember that if you have had teeth removed you will need to allow time for your gums to heal and shrink back to normal so you may end up having more than one set of dentures in your lifetime. Because of this we ask that you come back for check ups from time to time so that we can make any adjustments necessary to make sure your smile stays on top form.

There are various different types of denture now available, including flexible dentures, which, provide missing teeth replacement options in a more comfortable manner. Dr Grey has a specialist interest inflexible dentures which formed the subject of his Masters Degree dissertation. He has fitted several hundred of these over the years.

Flexible dentures are made with a flexible resin material that allows them to lock in place and attach to the undercut of the jaw bone – so there are fewer worries of the dentures moving around uncomfortably and in an embarrassing way. Dentures that are made of a more rigid material will not have the flexibility making them sometimes more prone to uncomfortable and uncontrollable movement inside the mouth. Immediate dentures are those that are immediately put into place right after tooth extraction, without the need to wait for a few days to have the prosthetic teeth. Immediate dentures can be created ahead of time by obtaining a cast of the mouth of the patient even before teeth are extracted, so that the immediate dentures can be ready and finished right after the teeth have been extracted.

Immediate dentures eliminates the need for a patient to go toothless for a period of time after teeth extraction – which may be the case for other types of dentures that will be fabricated after the tooth have been extracted. After teeth extraction, the immediate dentures will be fitted at the same appointment; the dentures can be beneficial in stopping or at least minimising the bleeding that is normal after teeth have been extracted.

An immediate denture will allow the patient to get used to the dentures right after the teeth have been extracted, instead of having to deal with a toothless condition first – and then learning how to speak with dentures on after a period spanning a few days. Immediate dentures prevent any distortions that may occur on the face following teeth extractions; the immediate dentures will immediately replace the form and function of the teeth that have been removed, and can save a patient from the embarrassment and discomfort of having to go through a few days without teeth. However, there are times when immediate dentures will not fit as comfortably as dentures that are created after teeth extraction – since the gums have not yet fully healed when the immediate dentures are put into place.

Refining or replacement are usually required after the gums have healed. Most dentures can usually be adapted or added to if teeth need to be extracted after the original dentures have been made.